The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that striker Evander Kane will be out for 3-4 months after suffering deep wrist cuts in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kane was injured in the second period after colliding with Lightning player Phillipe Myers just inside the backcourt. While on deck, Tampa Bay striker Pat Maroon accidentally skated on Kane’s wrist and immediately went to the bench for assistance before being transported to the hospital where he underwent an operation.
Kane took to social media to say he was “on the mend” following a wrist procedure.
Kane wrote on Twitter, “Thank you all for the kind wishes and prayers of these last few hours. Obviously last night was an extremely scary time for me and I’m still in a bit of a shock.
“I would like to thank the entire training staff of the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning, along with all the doctors and paramedics who rushed to help treat and repair my injury. Without all of you, I know things would have been a lot worse. and I am sincerely grateful to you.
“I won’t be back for the next game, but I will be back and I can’t wait to get back on the ice to play the game I love with my teammates in front of our great fans.”
Maroon – who accidentally caused the injury – said after Tuesday’s game: “I hope he is well. When you look down and see so much blood, you know something is wrong. Obviously the boys are very worried about him. It is a frightening situation. You will never wish it on any player in the League. ”
After being released by the San Jose Sharks last season, Kane joined the Edmonton Oilers on a four-year contract worth $ 20.5 million. In 13 games this season, he has scored five goals and given eight assists.
Wednesday, the Oilers announced that Kane had been placed in the reserve for long-term injuries. They called up forwards Mattias Janmark and Klim Kostin from the Bakersfield Condors, affiliated with the American Hockey League.