NHL Notebook: Evander Kane could miss time with injury and Edmonton Oilers “one-in-a-million” to land Erik Karlsson as they make pitch for Patrick Kane

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
It appears that Evander Kane’s injury could keep him out of the lineup for a while.
Kane was injured earlier in the month when the Oilers were on the road against the Detroit Red Wings. According to our own Jason Gregor, Kane’s dealing with a rib injury that was aggravated against the Rangers.
On Oilersnation Everyday on Wednesday, Frank Seravalli said that Kane could miss some time.
“It sounds like Evander Kane is going to miss a little bit of time,” he said. “We’re talking maybe the potential for two weeks. It’s possible he works his way back before then.
“What he’s dealing with is a really painful injury that could keep him out for just a little while. Nothing too concerning, but I just wanted to add that.
“It doesn’t change at all what the Oilers are thinking deadline perspective-wise, but at least getting to that point, it’s at least a consideration.”
Kane has appeared in 42 games for the Oilers this year scoring nine goals and 19 points. He’s appeared in 10 games since returning from his wrist injury scoring four goals and six points.

Another Kane and about Karlsson

Some news about another Kane, as the Oilers have reportedly pitched forward Patrick Kane on joining the team.
This, according to Elliotte Friedman, who dropped the note in his latest 32 Thoughts column. Here’s hit full hit on the Oilers:
The latest word on the Erik Karlsson talks is it’s “one-in-a-million.” (Of course that means it happens.) I do think they’ve made a pitch for Patrick Kane, but it’s up to the winger to decide. We’re all wondering if that’s the best use of their assets, and what I’m guessing is they want the option to have a strong second line if they play Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl together. Kane/Nugent-Hopkins/Kane could work.
One thing GM Ken Holland wanted to protect himself against was being shorthanded due to injury, which is why he didn’t waive anyone. Now, Dylan Holloway is out and Evander Kane is banged up. Holland drafted Tyler Bertuzzi, so I think there was interest there, too, but it’s not relevant with Detroit in the race. If Patrick Kane says no to Edmonton, we will see what secondary options exist. They already declined a big ask for Lafferty. Do Philip Broberg and Vincent Desharnais make them feel strong enough not to add on defence?
First and foremost, the Karlsson news is significant. It was reported yesterday that he would be open to waiving his no-movement clause to join the Oilers, but Friedman’s report is disheartening. Watching Cody Ceci gift the Flyers a game-changing goal in the second further cemented my feelings that the Oilers are right in making a puck-moving defenceman a key acquisition.
In terms of Patrick Kane, this one is really interesting to me. No doubt about his defensive struggles, but my lord the skill he possesses would be unreal in the Oilers’ top six. If they want to play “we’re just going to outscore you,” than Kane is a great addition.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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