The NHL’s investigation into the Evander Kane gambling allegations has “stalled.”
According to A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, NHL-hired third-party investigators have been unable to interview Anna Kane, who alleged in July that her estranged husband had gambled on San Jose Sharks games. In addition, Perez noted “an examination of betting trends for Sharks games last season didn’t show any abnormalities.”
San Jose Hockey Now has reached out to Anna Kane and is awaiting a response.
The NHL itself has acknowledged this delay. Originally, the league expected to complete its investigation by the beginning of training camp. That day is fast approaching: The San Jose Sharks open camp on Sept. 22. “The league intends to complete the investigation,” Curtis Pashelka tweeted, “but Bill Daly tells [the Mercury News that] he’s not sure he can provide a definitive timeline.”
Could the NHL hold Kane out from camp if the investigation is still pending? (I would think it’s in their power.) How does this affect Sharks’ efforts — if they’re making them — to move the prolific but scandal-ridden scorer? (It’s already hard to trade Kane’s expensive contract, but it’s downright impossible without a positive outcome to this investigation.)
These questions — among many other uncertainties surrounding Kane — will cloud the road to the regular season. The San Jose Sharks open at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 16.
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