Oilers GM Ken Holland opens to discussion about Evander Kane as a free agent with the team in Funk

Evander Kane’s door is still open to Ken Holland.

He might even end up rolling out the red-carpet.

The Edmonton Oilers general manger said Tuesday that he had spoken to the controversial agent of the winger, whose contract was recently terminated in San Jose by the Sharks.

Asked directly about Kane — now a free agent and able to sign with any team — during a media availability with reporters in Edmonton, Holland indicated he wouldn’t turn down any player in a similar situation before getting “an understanding of what’s going on.”

Holland said, “I believe in second opportunities.” “It is hard to be perfect, we are all humans. All of us make mistakes.

“Some people make big mistakes, others make small ones, but it’s difficult to be perfect.”

Kane was placed on unconditional waivers by the Sharks on Saturday. The forward had violated COVID-19 protocols during his time with the club’s American Hockey League affiliate. Kane was not claimed over the next 24-hours, which put San Jose in a position to terminate the player’s remaining contract.

The Associated Press was informed Monday by an anonymous source that the NHL Players Association had filed a grievance claiming the Sharks didn’t have the right grounds to move.

Kane, a top-six player with seven 20-goal seasons and a seven-year contract worth $49 million, will be affected by the termination of his contract. It is estimated that Kane’s $22.9 million US loss on the seven-year, $49 million deal he signed in May 2018 will result in Kane losing $22.9million US.

11 players participate in COVID-19 protocol

The Oilers began the 2021-22 season 16-5-0. They led the Western Conference Dec. 1, but they are now just 2-9-2 despite Connor McDavid & Leon Draisaitl being tied for the NHL’s scoring lead.

Edmonton holds the league’s 2nd-worst points percentage, at.231, during its current slide. Edmonton currently has 11 players in coronavirus protocols and isn’t scheduled for play again until Saturday at Rogers Place against the Ottawa Senators.

Kane has scored 264 goals and 506 point in 769 regular season games, which also includes stops with the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets. In 29 playoff contests, Kane has recorded six goals and seven assist.

Holland has also known Dan Milstein as Kane’s agent ever since he was GM of Detroit Red Wings. The latter represented Pavel Datsyuk.

Holland stated, “As a manager it’s my responsibility for investigating every situation.” “I spoke to Dan.”

Kane’s six-month-old San Jose saga ended with the Sharks’ decision not to renew his contract. Kane was accused of betting on hockey and deliberately losing games. He also faced allegations that he had been sexually and physically abused by his estranged wife Anna over the summer.

Although the NHL did not find any evidence supporting these allegations, they did suspend Kane for 21 matches for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccine card. The Sharks lifted the suspension at the end November and placed Kane on waivers. Kane was then demoted to the AHL after he failed to claim his team.

Holland stated, “If someone makes a decision in their life or does something, and they make mistakes, I believe they should try to learn from it, and try to change.”

“And then they should have the right to a second chance once some of those things are done.”