The Evander Kane saga marches on.
After having his contract terminated by the San Jose Sharks over the weekend after clearing unconditional waivers, the NHLPA has responded by filing a grievance, stating that the Sharks "did not have sufficient grounds" to rip up his contract.
Kane's agent hinted at the action over the weekend:
We are aware of the Sharks’ decision to put Evander on waivers for contract termination. If he clears, we will file a grievance. The Sharks do not have sufficient grounds for taking this action. #WeAreGoldStar!
— Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) January 8, 2022
The Sharks reportedly allege that Kane breached his contract by travelling from California to Vancouver over the holiday break while in COVID-19 protocol. It was determined that Kane's apparent disregard for protocol was reason to nix the remaining three-plus seasons and $22-plus-million remaining on his current standard player's contract.
Kane had previously been suspended 21 games and subsequently demoted to the American Hockey League for submitting a fake vaccination card at the outset of the season. It's believed that the Sharks were trying to find a trade partner to offload Kane since his demotion.
Kane has had a litany of issues since entering the league, several of which precede the signing of his seven-year, $49 million contract in San Jose. Most recently, the league cleared Kane of any wrongdoing after Kane's ex-wife, Anna, accused him of domestic assault and betting on NHL games.
It was reported before the year that Kane's teammates did not want him to return this season.
Without a deal, it's believed that Kane can pursue other NHL opportunities, though the appeal process will likely hold up a potential return.
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