What’s Sheng’s prediction for Evander Kane’s grievance? What might a possible settlement look like? And how could that impact the San Jose Sharks’ moves going forward?
But before we get to that on the newest episode of the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, Sheng scolds the Sharks for hanging division banners in the rafters (4:15).
After #BannerSlander, Sheng predicts a settlement for the Sharks and Evander Kane. He then outlines how that would benefit both parties in the short and long-term (9:42).
Then we venture into some hypothetical scenarios for the Sharks in the coming months.
If the Sharks were to lose the grievance, what happens with Kane and his contract (25:58)?
On the other hand, if the Sharks win the grievance, does that impact the probability of re-signing Tomas Hertl (29:27)?
If the Sharks extend Hertl before the season’s end, can they still weaponize their cap space at the Trade Deadline (35:13)?
And since an Evander Kane buyout doesn’t appear to be on the horizon anymore, could that make it more likely that the Sharks buy out Marc-Edouard Vlasic this off-season (39:36)?
Sheng then explains how the San Jose Sharks might have only one really bad contract on the books right now as opposed to multiple in years past (43:37). And further venturing into that topic, we discuss how the Sharks can win with their veteran contracts still on the books (47:01).
Finally, we use our SPORTLOGiQ stat of the week segment to highlight the timeless wonder that is Brent Burns. How does he stack up compared to Erik Karlsson this season? And how do the Sharks still use these blueliners to power their offense (58:25)?
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