When Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill shipped Evander Kane to San Jose for a conditional first and fourth round pick, along with Danny O’Regan, there were a few strings attached to the first round selection.
One was if the Sharks won the Stanley Cup, Buffalo would receive a first round pick. The Sharks were bounced by the expansion Golden Knights from the postseason in the second round.
The other was that if Kane re-signed with the Sharks rather than hit free agency, the Sabres would get a 2019 first round pick.
The winger and the Sharks made it official on Thursday, agreeing to a new seven year extension, gifting the Sabres an additional first round selection in next year’s draft.
However, the selection is lottery protected so if the Sharks don’t make the playoffs next year, the Sabres selection moves to 2020 according to the Associated Press.
The deal is reportedly worth $49 million with an average annual value of $7 million.
Thank you to the entire @sanjosesharks organization for this opportunity. I’m privileged to be able to call San Jose home for the next 7 years. Can’t wait to get back on the ice with my teammates and play in front of our sharks fans everywhere! EK9 pic.twitter.com/EjCNlgmR3w— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) May 24, 2018
Kane shined the first half of the season collecting 35 points. However, after the Winter Classic, Kane’s production tanked (fve goals, one assist) before being shipped to the West Coast.
In 17 games Kane’s production picked back up as the winger scored nine goals and five assists. In the postseason the 27-year-old had four goals and an assist.