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Conor McDavid underestimated Evander Kane’s off-ice issues amid Oilers rumors

Oilers captain Conor McDavid has been criticized almost unanimously for dismissing some serious allegations about his potential future teammate. (Twitter/SportsNet)

Conor McDavid revealed Wednesday that he remains uninterested in public opinion regarding the Edmonton Oilers potentially pursuing Evander Kane as a free agent.

“Right now, it’s all speculation,” McDavid told reporters on Wednesday. “Obviously, Evander is an amazing player and he’s had a lot of success over the years. Whatever’s happening, it’s not something I see much of.”

“I’m not really here to discuss optic issues. If the fans don’t like it, or the media doesn’t like it, or whatever. It’s what it is.”

Kane was placed on an unconditional waiver for purchase purposes on January 8 after the San Jose Sharks violated COVID-19 protocols. He was suspended 21 games on 18 October for submitting fake COVID-19 vaccine cards.

The NHL also investigated allegations of gambling, domestic violence and sexual assault made by Kane’s estranged wife Anna in the divorce petition. On 18 October, the league stated that the domestic violence allegations leveled by Anna Kane against Evander Kane could not be substantiated.

“I’m sure there are a lot of things that go on ice and that the fans don’t like. We don’t necessarily discuss those with you guys,” McDavid said.

“Public opinion is obviously something that matters a lot but we are here to try and win the game.”

McDavid has been criticized almost unanimously for dismissing the allegations surrounding Kane, and a very transparent acknowledgment that winning at all costs can often be very bleak and depressing, especially from the face of the NHL.

Oilers general manager Ken Holland said on Tuesday that he had spoken to Kane’s agent Dan Milstein, fueling further speculation that the 29-year-old could soon move to Edmonton. Holland also appeared to give Kane a pre-emptive fresh start with the Oilers, and McDavid said the Oilers GM has the clear backing of his captain.

Oilers general manager Ken Holland said, “It’s hard to be perfect. We’re all people. We all make mistakes. Some make big mistakes, some make small mistakes. But it’s hard to be right. And I think if any. It does make decisions or do something in their life and they make mistakes, I think they have to try to learn from it and try to change and then after doing some of those things deserves a second chance should be.”

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