- Kane’s violation of COVID-19 protocols in the AHL, where he is currently playing for the Barracuda, prompted the Sharks to make a move on Saturday.
The San Jose Sharks have positioned forward Evander Kane on unconditional waivers, intending to terminate his seven-year, $49 million contract.
The Sharks announced the move on Saturday, citing Kane’s violation of COVID-19 protocols in the AHL, where he is presently playing for the Barracuda. The team stated that it would not make any further statements.
Kane’s contract will be terminated, costing him about $22.9 million from the contract he signed in May 2018.
Kane’s agent, Dan Milstein, said, “We are aware of the Sharks’ decision to place Evander on waivers for contract termination.” “We’ll file a complaint if he clears. The Sharks don’t have enough evidence to justify their actions.”
The NHLPA said in a statement on Twitter that it “intends to challenge any such action by filing a grievance.”
The decision conveys an end to a months-long saga surrounding Kane’s future with the Sharks. Over the summer, he was accused of gambling on games, purposely losing games he bet on, and sexual and physical abuse by his estranged wife, Anna.
The NHL looked into the allegations and found no evidence to back them up, but they did find Kane and suspended him for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
When Kane’s suspension was lifted at the end of November, the Sharks put him on waivers, and when he went unclaimed, they sent him to the AHL.
Before even being placed in the AHL’s COVID-19 protocols on Dec. 22, Kane had 8 points in five matches with the San Jose Barracuda.
The 30-year-old Kane had 22 goals and 22 assists in 56 games last season for the Sharks. Since being drafted fourth overall by the Thrashers in 2009, Kane has also played for the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise and Buffalo Sabres.
In 769 games, Kane has 264 goals and 242 assists.
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