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Kypreos Reports NHL Leans Toward Kane Suspension



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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.

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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so no abuse , but the vaccine card thing maybe did happened ? or is it the gambling ? i am not clear on the gambling – is gambling the night before playoff game just “in bad taste” or violates specific-team rules or violates cba in general ? if it was abuse i think they woulda done him like slava voynov …


The league essentially cleared him of the gambling issue. If he did gamble, he’s out of the league for years, perhaps permanently. If there is new evidence on that front, they can always re-open the investigation. There wouldn’t be any “leaning” if gambling on NHL games was proven.


sorry i should have been more clear – i wasnt referring to “gambling on nhl games” as an issue. i was referring to “going gambling the night before a nhl playoff game” as the potential issue … thats my question. does that violate a team policy or cba? or that violates nothing ? i know teams have curfews and similar during clutch times thats why i ask….. as of now the official nhl statement includes no mention of abuse or vaccine , but does mention : “Additional unrelated allegations, however, involving potential wrongdoing by Mr. Kane have been brought to… Read more »


I can’t see an avenue there. His personal time/choices are his and there’s nothing illegal about gambling. I doubt the NHL has any issue unless it involves gambling related to the league.

We all know he wasn’t smart about his gambling, but he’s paying for that in a different way. Expect he’ll have relatively little left over after he pays his ex, his child support, his lawyers (both divorce and bankruptcy), his agent, his bills, his union dues, his taxes … $7 mil doesn’t go as far as it used to, you know …

david barnard

i’m sure it violates the terms he made with the org to get clean on gambling. could be grounds for terminating his contract i would think.


The NHL has to have an actual reason to suspend a player. With Kane, there is an enormous amount of smoke, but there is no fire. First up, his ex (or soon to be ex). She has leveled tons of accusations, but sadly, this is sometimes what high profile divorces often come down to. Divorce court judges believe nothing anyone says in court because they know a lot of it is just lies. Not my thought, this came from a divorce attorney who described how the legal game is played. If Kane committed a prosecutable felony, the league would absolutely… Read more »

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