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Eichel, Anybody? Kane’s Cap Hit Won’t Count…For Now



Jack Eichel, anybody?

Per CapFriendly, Evander Kane’s $7 million dollar hit does not count against the San Jose Sharks’ salary cap. That’s a reversal from yesterday, when it appeared that the “non-roster player” would count against the cap.

So what will Doug Wilson do with this sudden cap space? Well, it’s hard to say.

As Nick Kypreos suggested today, the NHL is leaning toward suspending Kane for an undetermined period of time — the San Jose Sharks star is currently under investigation by the league for sexual assault, domestic battery, and COVID protocol violations. Per the Sharks, Kane is “considered a non-roster player pending completion of the NHL’s investigation.”

Kypreos Reports NHL Leans Toward Kane Suspension

So this cushion seems to be contingent on the length of Kane’s suspension — that could be a short or a long period of time.

It’s hard to trade for a $10 million dollar man like Eichel — it was a tongue-and-cheek suggestion — when your cap space may well be illusory.

Of course, there are a lot more barriers than just that in between the San Jose Sharks and a prize like Eichel anyway.

On the other hand, this cap space could still be valuable for San Jose if it proves to be more than temporary. Tip of that iceberg, they can add to a team currently without its leading goalscorer last year in Kane.

We’ll see: That seems to be the theme for everything Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks this off-season.

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[…] Although it looked like Evander Kane’s contract would remain on the San Jose Sharks books this season, it seems that a suspension is forth-coming and his money will not count towards the clubs salary cap. What does general manager Doug Wilson do with the money? (San Jose Hockey Now) […]

[…] SanJoseHockeyNow: Sheng Peng reports the Sharks are not on the hook for Evander Kane’s $7 million contract. At least for the time being. […]


kane is irrelevant to the eichel trade imo…he was never going to be one of the players traded , and we already have the skill at wing to sustain without him (we may not want to but his 22 goals is in theory less valuable with eklund , and even less so if meier regains his old form)…his cap is irrelevant …if we have to drop him we can acquire , if he stays thats that….until these kane-issues happened the assumption must have been him staying…he wasnt very movable before…his value has not gone up to move him in the… Read more »

david barnard

a legit SC contender will part with assets for Hertl.


i agree– we can definitely get a good return on a signed-hertl …on an unsigned hertl probably alot less…. conditional may close some gap some

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