Oilers let Evander Kane talk to other teams before he becomes a free agent

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Edmonton Oilers gave Evander Kane permission to talk to other teams before the start of the NHL free agent period, and Colorado’s Nicholas Obe-Kubel went from celebrating the Stanley Cup on Saturday to not getting a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Monday.

In a report to the Associated Press, Kane’s agent Daniel Milstein wrote that he is in talks with other teams and is also continuing talks with the Oilers with his client eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

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No. 91 Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates a goal scored by No. 35 Darcy Kemper of the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver.  , Colorado.

No. 91 Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates a goal scored by No. 35 Darcy Kemper of the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver. , Colorado.
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Kane signed with Edmonton in January after San Jose Sharks terminated the remainder of his seven-year, $49 million contract for violating COVID-19 protocols while in the American Hockey League. Kane challenged the Sharks’ decision by filing a complaint through the NHL Players Association.

Earlier last season, he was suspended 21 games by San Jose for providing a fake vaccination card.

Kane scored 20 goals for the eighth time in 13 NHL seasons, scoring 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games for Edmonton. Oilers CEO Ken Holland said last week that he was in daily talks to re-sign Kane.

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No. 91 Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers skates during Game 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round against the Calgary Flames on May 24, 2022 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

No. 91 Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers skates during Game 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round against the Calgary Flames on May 24, 2022 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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In Colorado current Avalanche champion Forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel said he would not receive a qualifying offer and would become a free agent when the market opens, a person with knowledge of the decision told AP. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce their decisions.

The move comes as the Avalanche have focused their attention on trying to re-sign striker Valery Nichushkin, who has completed the final year of his contract.

Aub-Kubel learned of this decision two days after he brought the goblet to his childhood home in Quebec. Oba-Kubel, 26, has four seasons in the NHL and was sought after by the Colorado after being waived by the Philadelphia Flyers in November. He had 11 goals and 22 points in 67 regular season games for the Avalanche, and had no points in 14 playoff games.

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No. 91 Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers opposes the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

No. 91 Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers opposes the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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In the other place:

– Cleaning in Chicago continued with the Blackhawks waiving veteran forwards Brett Connolly and center Henrik Borgstrom with the intention of buying out the remainder of their contracts. Both had one year left until their respective deals. The moves follow the trade of Chicago forward Alex DeBrinkat to Ottawa and center Kirby Duch to Montreal last week.

Columbus Blue Jackets refused to make offers to defender Gabriel Karlsson and center Kevin Stenlund. Karlsson has just two goals and 16 points in 75 games over six seasons. Stenlund scored 11 goals and 20 points in 71 games over four seasons. The Blue Jackets extended qualifying offers to four players, including star forward Patrick Laine (26 goals, 36 assists last season).