Evander Kane to be waived by San Jose Sharks

CHICAGO – The Sharks put Evander Kane on waivers on Sunday, possibly marking the end of the tumultuous, gifted but troubled forward with the NHL team.

The other 31 NHL teams now have until 11 a.m. PST Monday to claim Kane and add him to their roster. If Kane accepts the waivers, which he likely will, he will be awarded the AHL Barracuda.

Sharks assistant general manager Joe Will said on Sunday he expects Kane, assuming he clears, will join the Barracuda for training on Tuesday.

Kane’s 21-game suspension for violating the NHL / NHLIA’s COVID protocol ends Monday. Kane, 30, was the subject of two investigations before the start of the regular season, including one that investigated allegations of physical and sexual abuse that were made in court documents by his ex-wife, Anna.

The NHL announced on Oct. 18 that it could not substantiate the abuse allegations, but suspended Kane for a quarter of the season for a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocol. Kane has skated alone recently, but hasn’t trained with the NHL team since the team began training camp in September.

Kane said in a statement after the suspension was announced that he “made a mistake, a mistake I sincerely regret and take responsibility for,” adding that “when my suspension is over I plan to return on the ice with a lot of effort, determination and love of hockey.

The Sharks’ decision, first reported by this news agency, came hours before the team set to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at the United Center, the first game of a five-hour road trip. matches.

Kane is in the fourth year of a seven-year, $ 49 million contract he signed with the Sharks in May 2018. The deal has an average annual value of $ 7 million. Kane still owes over $ 20 million in salary, and another team would shoulder all that cap and owe him that money if they claimed it.

If Kane accepts the waivers, the Sharks would get a pay cap relief of $ 1.125 million.

A report in The Athletic surfaced this summer that friction had built up between Kane and his teammates throughout the 2020-2021 season, to the point that some Sharks players expressed to management they didn’t want to. no more Kane on the team. Their frustration stemmed from Kane’s generally lax attitude towards team rules, including being late for practices and games.

Kane in September told ESPN he “didn’t necessarily know or believe it was true.” Either way, the relationship between the Sharks and Kane had been broken, possibly irreparable.

The Barracuda are scheduled to practice again Wednesday and Thursday before a game scheduled for Friday in Abbotsford, BC. However, this region has been hit by severe flooding and it is not known if the game will be played.

Will added that Kane may not be ready to play in this game as he continues to improve his conditioning.

Kane was acquired by the Buffalo Sabers Sharks on February 26, 2018, just before the NHL trade deadline, in return for forward Danny O’Regan and conditional first and fourth round picks in 2019.

Kane helped the Sharks reach the second round of the NHL Playoffs that season and, as a pending unrestricted free agent, he signed an important contract shortly after the San Jose playoffs ended. .

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