Reports: Sharks, Kane nearing agreement on contract extension


Reports: Sharks, Kane nearing agreement on contract extension

The Sharks reportedly may soon check one of their biggest pieces of business off of their off-season to-do list. 

San Jose and pending free-agent winger Evander Kane reportedly agreed to a contract extension, according to Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar. Gaffar reported that the deal is "in the range" of seven years, and $7 million annually. 

The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun reported that a deal is not yet done, but "all signs point towards" a seven-year deal getting done. 

TSN's Bob McKenzie noted there are still some hurdles to clear.

Kane's agency, Newport Sports Management, was unavailable for comment to at press time. 

The Sharks acquired Kane at the trade deadline from the Buffalo Sabres, in exchange for forward Danny O'Regan, a 2019 conditional first-round pick, and a conditional fourth-round pick. If and when Kane officially re-signs, as LeBrun noted, San Jose will send Buffalo a first-round selection next season. General manager Doug Wilson still must decide if the Sharks will give the Sabres a fourth-round pick in next year's draft, or a third-rounder in 2020. 

Kane, who will turn 27 in August, scored 14 points in 17 regular season games with San Jose, and added another five in nine playoff games. He told The Athletic's Kevin Kurz that he played with a separated shoulder in the postseason, as well as an MCL injury earlier. 

If the terms of the deal accurate, Kane will be just one of four Sharks signed beyond 2021. Defenseman Brent Burns signed an eight-year deal that began last season, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic's eight-year extension and goaltender Martin Jones' five-year extension kick in next season. 

Kane is currently one of five pending unrestricted free agents (UFA). Eric Fehr, Jannik Hansen, Joe Thornton, and Joel Ward are also set to become UFAs on July 1. 

What winning the Stanley Cup means to Capitals fans


What winning the Stanley Cup means to Capitals fans

It’s been 26 years since Washington last celebrated a championship.

Twenty-six long years.

Washington has four major sports teams yet none has won a championship since January 26, 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI. That’s an entire generation of fans that have never known a championship, that have never gotten to experience what we got to experience on Thursday.

I’m in that generation.

I fell in love with sports when I was three years old. My parents took me to a Capitals-Winnipeg Jets (the old Jets) game at the Capital Centre in Landover. I remember the chill in the air, the crack of the puck of the sticks and, most of all, the celebration whenever the Caps would score. It was incredible. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Back then, I didn’t know about playoffs and championships. The Caps played a game, they won or lost, you were happy or sad, and you moved on. When the Redskins won the Super Bowl, I knew there was a game being played, but I didn’t know what it meant. I spent most of the game playing with other kids while our parents watched. I didn’t know that was the football team I would grow up cheering for and I certainly didn’t know that would be the only experience I would have with a championship team.

Until now, that is.

Since that last Super Bowl, Washington fans have had to endure bad seasons, coaching changes, management changes, and heartbreak with the Caps, Redskins, Nationals and Wizards.

Through it all, you always heard the phrase “Same old Caps,” but it didn’t feel that way to me. Each year was different. Each year carried a new team with new hopes and potential. When each season seemed to end prematurely, it wasn’t just the same old Caps, it was a new heartbreak each and every time.

Have you ever tried to explain your fandom and emotions to someone who doesn’t like sports? It has to be one of the most infuriating feelings in the world.

“Why are you so upset? It’s just a game.”

“It doesn’t really matter.”

“There’s always next year.”

No, stop. You don’t get it.

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Capitals, Alex Ovechkin finally win first Stanley Cup Final


Capitals, Alex Ovechkin finally win first Stanley Cup Final


LAS VEGAS -- After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey.

Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period of the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights, whose incredible expansion season finally ended in the desert.

So did the Capitals' agonizing wait for their first championship since the franchise's debut in 1974. After so many years of postseason flops and crushing disappointment, these Capitals won their fourth consecutive closeout game with a tenacious third-period comeback.

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored an early power-play goal and was the playoff MVP, and his teammates are Washington's first championship hockey team - and the city's first champion in a major pro sport since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in early 1992.

After Vegas won the opener, the Capitals capped their four-game surge by rallying from a third-period deficit in Game 5, banishing so many years of playoff failure with big goals and tenacious play across their lineup.

Ovechkin scored his franchise-record 15th goal of the postseason in a cathartic victory for the Capitals, who had never been this close to the NHL's ultimate prize.

Braden Holtby made 28 saves in Game 5, outplaying three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury in the other net one final time.

The Caps couldn't win a title without a little weirdness, however: The game clock stopped working on the T-Mobile Arena scoreboards during the final minutes, and the Capitals angrily protested while they played on. Vegas never got close to a tying goal.

Reilly Smith scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the Golden Knights, who won seven of their first eight home playoff games before dropping the last two.

Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored in the second period, but Fleury's 29 saves included a stopped puck that dropped underneath him where Eller swept it home for the Cup-winning goal.

Washington's Cup-clinching win was its 10th on the road in this postseason, tying the NHL playoff record and illustrating the superior toughness of this team. While past editions of the Caps created their team's reputation for postseason flops in part by losing five playoff series in which they had three of the first four games, Ovechkin's latest group promptly closed out all four of its series this year on the very first try.

And the remarkable Golden Knights hadn't lost four consecutive games in their entire inaugural season before the Caps rolled them.

The Capitals had thousands of red-clad fans in the Vegas crowd and a building full of supporters watching back home along with countless thousands outside in the crowded D.C. streets.