Twitter has become the news outlet for insiders without a news outlet behind them. Former Hockey Night in Canada host Nick Kypreos, who now does a podcast for Sportsnet in Toronto, dropped a nugget about the NHL’s leanings toward embattled San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane.
Kane has been under investigation for several alleged infractions, which began when his soon-to-be ex-wife used Instagram to accuse him of gambling on hockey. The NHL found no evidence of that. His wife also levied abuse allegations, and most recently, Kane has come under scrutiny for possibly faking his vaccination card.
A fake vaccination card carries a significant penalty in California and could allow the Sharks to terminate Kane’s contract. The winger has not yet been cleared of that.
Offseason reports from multiple sources indicated numerous teammates were unhappy with Kane last season and asked that he be removed.
The Sharks have stood by Kane so far. However, the Sharks asked him not to report to training camp until all matters are resolved.
On Tuesday afternoon, Kypreos cited sources that the NHL is leaning towards suspension, and Kane will be allowed to resume his career at the end of the penalty.
It’s sounds like the @NHL is leaning towards suspending @SanJoseSharks Kane under supplementary discipline ( 18- 18A of the CBA. After serving his set amount of games it’s likely he’ll be clear to resume his career. @FAN590
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) October 12, 2021
Kypreos did not report the number of games the NHL may suspend Evander Kane, and it’s unclear if an NHL suspension would preclude the San Jose Sharks from terminating Kane’s contract if they wish.
Last season, Kane scored a healthy 49 points, including 22 goals in 55 games. Kane would begin the fourth year of his seven-year, $49 million contract.
After Kane’s wife made the gambling allegations, Kane did a sit-down interview with ESPN reporter and anchor Linda Cohn to deny the charges, but admit he sought treatment for a gambling addiction and did indeed gamble the night before a playoff game in Las Vegas.
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