Kane in ‘good spirits’ after wrist injury to meet Oilers on Saturday

Kane in ‘good spirits’ after wrist injury to meet Oilers on Saturday

Evander Kane is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., awaiting the arrival of his Edmonton Oilers teammates ahead of their game against the Florida Panthers at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise on Saturday.

The forward arrived by city car Wednesday from Tampa, where he underwent surgery to repair his left wrist that was cut by a skate blade in Edmonton’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Kane is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months. The Oilers lost 7-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday.

“He’s in a good mood,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “He went pretty well with his procedure. Everyone seems to be in a good place with where they are.”

Kane will return to Edmonton with the Oilers after Saturday’s game.

“He’s settling in and he’ll be around his teammates,” Woodcroft said. “He’s finally coming home with us when we get back to Edmonton. He’s in a good space physically, he’s in a good space mentally. Now it’s just a matter of making sure he takes the time to recover properly and catch up and allow time. run its course.”

Kane was placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday, when he also tweeted that he is “on the mend.”

A flash forward Pat Maroon accidentally skated on his wrist when Kane was on the ice after a collision with the Tampa Bay defenseman Philippe Myers.

“Thank you all for the kind wishes and prayers over the past few hours,” Kane tweeted. “Obviously, last night was an extremely scary time for me and I’m still in a little bit of shock. I’d like to thank the entire Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning training staff, along with all the doctors and paramedics who rushed in. to help treat and repair my injury. Without all of you, I know things would have been much worse and I am truly grateful. I won’t be back for the next game, but I will be back and I hope to be back. on the ice playing the game I love alongside my teammates in front of our great fans.”

Kane has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 games this season. He signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract (average annual value of $5.125 million) on July 13.

“He’s the best player in our league,” Woodcroft said. “He’s a well-respected teammate. He brings a lot to our team night in and night out.”

Edmonton recalled forwards Mattias Janmark and Klim Kostin of Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Janmark played 10:52 against the Hurricanes in his Oilers debut. Kostin was a healthy scratch.

NHL.com freelance correspondent Kurt Dusterberg contributed to this report

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