Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane to miss 3-4 months after wrist cut by skate

Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane will miss three to four months of action after he was cut on his left wrist by a skate during Tuesday’s NHL game in Florida, the team announced Wednesday.

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The injury occurred during the second period of the Oilers’ 3-2 victory at Tampa Bay, The Athletic reported.

Kane and Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers got tangled inside the Oilers’ defensive zone just over three minutes into the period, according to The Associated Press.

While on the ice, Kane appeared to be cut by the skate of Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon, the news organization reported.

Kane immediately left the game and was taken to a Tampa hospital, The Athletic reported.

He had surgery to repair the damage and remained in a Tampa hospital, according to the Edmonton Journal. Kane was in stable condition, The Athletic reported.

Kane was placed on long-term injured reserve, the team said.

“Thank you all for the kind wishes and prayers from over the past several hours,” Kane said in a statement released through the Oilers. “Obviously, last night was an extremely scary moment for me and I’m still in a bit of 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’ve been much worse and I’m sincerely grateful.”

Kane signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract with the Oilers in the offseason, according to the AP. He has five goals and eight assists over 13 games this season.

The injury was a scary moment for Kane and his teammates.

“It’s scary; I think you could feel the energy in the entire rink get sucked out,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid told the Journal. “There is always great concern when you see that and that much blood on the ice. We’re thinking about him and we hear he’s doing OK. It was a scary situation and I thought everybody responded really well.”

Maroon, a former Oiler and a friend of McDavid, quickly tried to get the attention of medical personnel once he realized what happened, according to the newspaper.

“I don’t handle that stuff very well, so I haven’t seen the replay and probably won’t watch,” McDavid told the Journal. “It’s a fast game and we were talking in the room how crazy it is; pucks are flying around at 100 mph and guys are flying around on little knives.”