Is Evander Kane permanently fading for the Oilers or just temporarily?

Oct 14, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane (91) skates during warmup against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane (91) skates during warmup against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /
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VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 01: Sam Gagner #89 of the Edmonton Oilers shoots the puck during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on December 1, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

Sam Gagner

Although there’s been no official transaction yet, it appears the visa issues are close to being resolved. In the post-game press conference versus the Jets, Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft was asked about Sam Gagner and said that they are looking to send him down to Bakersfield shortly. We’ll see what becomes official soon.*

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Speaking of bad media…..

Watch Draisaitl’s response to an incredibly stupid and ignorant question from Mark Spector of Sportsnet. I recognized his voice, as he’s been part of the media scrum in Edmonton for years.

Draisaitl was justifiably and visibly annoyed by Spector’s stupid question regarding talking to Stuart Skinner about his botched puck retrieval that led in part to the tying goal. (A defensive miscue by Darnell Nurse started it.)

If you watch his answer, Draisaitl is 100 percent correct. Everyone makes mistakes, and players piling on other players when they make mistakes has no upside.

Epic fail from Mark Spector there.

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* Editor’s note – This post was written prior to the Oilers and Condors officially confirming the signing of Gagner. As per Oil on Whyte’s Devon Hladunewich, this is a win-win for the player and the organization.