San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane authorized the unconditional waivers on Sunday, a day after the team released him with the intention of terminating his contract. San Jose said its decision was the result of his breach of the record NHL player’s contract and a violation of the AHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
The NHL Players Association said in a statement Saturday that it was “aware of the San Jose Sharks’ stated intentions to terminate Evander Kane’s contract” and that it “intends to challenge any such action by filing a complaint.” Kane’s agent, Dan Millstein, also said he would file a complaint if Kane acknowledged the waivers.
“The sharks do not have sufficient reason to take this action,” Milstein said chirp.
Sources said Kane’s contract termination stems primarily from his travel to Vancouver while on COVID-19 protocol the athlete. Barracuda put Ken in the protocols on December 22nd.
Kane, 30, joined Barracuda, the subsidiary of Sharks’s AHL, in November after removing waivers and commissioning the team. Prior to that, he was suspended for 21 games in October for violating NHL and NHLPA COVID-19 protocols. He did not attend San Jose training camp while the league investigated him for possibly attempting to fake his COVID-19 vaccination status and for an allegation by his estranged wife, Anna Kane, of domestic violence in the divorce file.
Kane was previously acquitted in a league investigation over allegations that he gambled on NHL games.
In five matches with Barracuda, he scored two goals and eight points. He joined the Sharks in 2018 after being traded from Buffalo Sabers.
As a result of the termination of his contract, Kane will lose $22.8 million. He hit a $7 million cap for this season, as well as for the next three years.
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