The Sharks have agreed to terms with Evander Kane on a seven-year deal

May 24, 2018 - 11:06 am

(WGR 550) - There was mass hysteria led by the local newspaper when Jason Botterill traded Evander Kane to San Jose.

Even though Botterill was never offered a No. 1 pick for Kane, it was portrayed that he got fleeced for the winger.

With Kane officially re-signing in San Jose, Botterill will get a first-round pick from the Sharks in 2019 that is lottery protected. Buffalo will also get a fourth-round pick in 2019 unless the Sharks decide to use it and then it becomes a third rounder in 2020.

Kane worked hard on his image last season and talked a lot about growing up. It has paid off for him as the Sharks give him a seven-year/$49 million deal.

Last season, Kane made six million and counted $5.25 million against the salary cap.

After everything that had happened with Kane since arriving in Buffalo, Botterill had no desire to keep him here or offer him a new deal. He knew the numbers and it didn’t add up for what he’s trying to do in Buffalo.

Many of the younger players gravitated to Kane, but many of the veteran leaders who have since departed, hated having him here and blamed him for many of the problems in the Sabres locker-room.

In 17 regular season games with the Sharks, Kane scored nine goals and five assists for 14 points. In nine playoff games, he had four goals and five points.

Kane played 196 games as a Sabre and averaged 28 goals over 82 games.

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