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Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane has been taken to hospital and will undergo surgery after sustaining a ‘deep cut’ to his wrist during Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena, per NHL on TNT.

Kane was injured in the second period when Patrick Maroon’s skate grabbed his wrist as he tried to get to his feet after a hit along the boards.

On Wednesday morning, Kane posted an update, saying he would be back on the ice in the near future:

Evander Kane @evanderkane

On the mend, thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/8ZN7K5KAfc

Going into Tuesday’s game, he had five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 13 games this season.

The 31-year-old is in his second season with the Oilers and agreed to a four-year, $20.5 million deal with the franchise in July. He is under contract until the 2025-26 season.

Kane began his NHL career with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization in 2009 when he was selected fourth overall in the NHL Draft. He spent six seasons with the franchise before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres, where he spent two and a half seasons before being traded to the San Jose Sharks.

The Vancouver native had some of the best seasons of his career in San Jose, tallying 87 goals and 79 points for 166 points in 212 games over three and a half seasons.

However, Kane’s tenure with the Sharks came to an ugly end when he was suspended for 21 games in October 2021 for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. After completing his suspension, the team sent him to the American Hockey League, and the remainder of his seven-year, $49 million contract was terminated in January for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. .

Kane was in the fourth year of that deal and owed $19 million for the final three years of the contract. In September, he and the Sharks reached a settlement on the grievance the NHL Players’ Association filed on his behalf last season regarding the termination of his contract.

After his tenure with the Sharks ended, Kane signed a one-year contract with the Oilers for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign. In 43 games last season, he had 22 goals and 17 assists for 39 points.

Kane has been mostly durable over his 14-year career, appearing in at least 63 games over nine seasons. The Oilers are hoping his latest injury won’t sideline him for too long, as they need his offensive production alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Robert M. Larson