In early January, the San Jose Sharks terminated Kane’s contract “for breach of his NHL Standard Player Contract and for violation of the AHL COVID-19 protocols.” The NHLPA quickly filed a grievance on Kane’s behalf.
The remainder of Kane’s seven-year contract, signed with the San Jose Sharks on May 2018, at stake, a successful termination means that the Sharks are free and clear of the $22.9 million dollars owed to Kane over the next three or so years, both in terms of actual cash and on the cap.
So no wonder Kane is fighting this.
The NHLPA, initially, asked for an expedited hearing:
The Impartial Arbitrator ruling on Evander Kane's grievance vs. #sjsharks will be Hon. Richard A. Levie, former District of Columbia Superior Court judge.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 11, 2022
That’s not the case anymore though.
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