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SOURCE: Kane Meeting With NHLPA About Sharks’ Termination



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The Edmonton Oilers are at home, but Evander Kane is in New York for San Jose Sharks-related business.

The Sharks terminated Kane’s contract “for breach of his NHL Standard Player Contract and for violation of the AHL COVID-19 protocols” in early January. The NHLPA quickly filed a grievance on Kane’s behalf.

It’s San Jose Hockey Now’s understanding that Kane’s meeting today is with the NHLPA in preparation for that grievance hearing. The Oilers last played on Apr. 16 and are off until Apr. 20.

UPDATED for Apr. 19 — Kane met with the NHLPA yesterday — and the grievance hearing is today:

SOURCE: Don’t Expect Kane Decision “For Weeks”

If the termination is upheld, that means the Sharks are free and clear of the $22.9 million dollars owed to Evander Kane over the next three years, both in terms of actual cash and on the cap. However, if San Jose loses the grievance, that entire amount, minus what Edmonton is paying him this year, is back on their cap.

The NHLPA told San Jose Hockey Now in February: “The hearing date will be scheduled before the end of the season.”

However, there’s no clarity yet on the exact date of the hearing. But clearly, the wheels are being set in motion if Evander Kane is in New York conferring with the NHLPA.

A league source told San Jose Hockey Now last month that they “likely will try to get it heard earlier” than the Draft, scheduled for Jul. 7-8 in Montreal.

That’s key because it’s a pivotal off-season for the San Jose Sharks, who will miss the playoffs for their third straight season, but are under the gun to quickly improve the team after re-signing Tomas Hertl to an eight-year, $65.1 million dollar extension. The cap-strapped organization will need all the cap space that they can get.

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Crossing my fingers that Kanes stupidity helps the Sharks.


I’ll confess to being somewhat amused by this whole thing. Kane was tradable — in 2023. There was a way out, the team need patience. They took a big risk in terminating his contract. As Kane is showing in EDM, he is worth every penny of his former $7mil annual salary. And he’s worth it right up until the inevitable day he starts burning bridges. By trade deadline 2023, he’d have short enough term remaining to be tradable. Whatever Kane did that got his deal terminated was not deemed punishable by the NHL or by any legal system (local, state,… Read more »

david barnard

it’s gonna be sickening to watch the “Teflon Don” get away (yet again) with his BS antics. Kane’s basically gonna get everything he wants out of this situation in the end (at least that’s what i’m leaning towards). i saw this coming right after the NHL reversed itself. i’m behind employees having recourse against the capriciousness and abuses of management. on the other hand, Kane’s such a dirty selfish prick. of course, from his perspective he’s the most maligned player in the league! when unions get too powerful they can’t be restrained from preventing “justice” being meted out, that’s when… Read more »

david barnard

they suspended him for the fake vax card he used to travel to Canada, right? what was the 21 games suspension if not for that? why no criminal investigation? using a fake vax card is a federal felony in the U.S. and a 6-month/$750k fine in Canada. why was Kane allowed to sign with another team? the league is gonna cave on the NHLPA grievance filing on Kane’s behalf after coming out saying the Sharks were more than justified to terminate his contract. should be pretty easy to establish whether he did in fact use a fake vax card to… Read more »

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