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REPORT: Kane Grievance Won’t Be Resolved Before Free Agency, Sharks Prefer To Keep Reimer?

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It seems the Evander Kane saga with the San Jose Sharks won’t be coming to a close any time soon.

With the NHL’s free agency period opening on July 13, Pierre LeBrun of TSN has reported that there is still no date set for the second day of Kane’s grievance and that it is unlikely to come before free agency. So we still won’t know if the Sharks’ January termination of Kane’s contract will be upheld.

This puts the Sharks in a difficult position heading into one of the most important times of the off-season for an NHL club, especially one looking to get back into the playoffs. If the San Jose loses the grievance, Kane’s original contract returns to the books. That’s $7 million dollars AAV for the next three seasons!

Without knowing exactly how much they have available to spend, the Sharks may have their hands somewhat tied when it comes to signing high-end free agents in a couple weeks.

Maybe the San Jose Sharks and Kane can find a better way for both parties and agree on a settlement? Maybe this will be one of the first orders of business for new GM Mike Grier.

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Elliotte Friedman thinks that the Sharks are leaning toward keeping James Reimer. (Sportsnet)

Could James Reimer or Adin Hill be headed to the St. Louis Blues? (The Hockey Writers)

AROUND THE NHL…

Archie Henderson, director of pro scouting for the Edmonton Oilers is set to retire following the 2022 NHL Draft. (Sportsnet)

Four questions facing the Calgary Flames over the offseason. (Area 51 Sports Network)

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo is being allowed to look for a new team. (Last Word on Sports)

Rick Bowness takes over as the latest Winnipeg Jets head coach. (NHL)

Three teams close to a Cup run, but who still have some work to do. (The Hockey News)

Nick Paul signed a seven-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (ESPN)

Jake DeBrusk has reportedly rescinded his trade request from the Boston Bruins:

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Three useful buyout options for the Pittsburgh Penguins:

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The Florida Panthers have released their preseason schedule:

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The New York Islanders hire Jim Paliafito to scout, formerly with the Toronto Maple Leafs:

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Looking at the Vegas Golden Knights‘ history at the NHL Draft:

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Issues with Comcast and Altitude should not be the biggest takeaway about Colorado Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke:

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More information comes to light regarding what has happened with Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ivan Fedotov:

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Washington Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel heads to Winnipeg:

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Comparing Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde to Jeff Blashill:

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Expectations for Brock Boeser over his next few years with the Vancouver Canucks:

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Teams are showing interest in Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen:

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KE

With everything else about Kane the one issue he abuses is his race. He’s always a victim no responsibility for his actions or lack of character. Especially when people gave him chance after chance. As long as the NHL coddles Kane because of his race rather than have him responsible the man isn’t going to learn anything. It’s too bad because he’s a damn good player when he wants to be – he was even lazy in the Edmonton playoffs. Sad when someone with his talent and a way to connect with people he uses it for his ways instead… Read more »

Gary Caldwell

It sure seems to be looking more like the league wants to try and force SJ and Kane to settle this on their own.

Otherwise, it comes off as the league actively hamstringing SJ.

KE

The NHL hates the Sharks for some reason. So actively hamstringing isn’t surprising. I have my thoughts on the whys.

david barnard

this is insanity. i wonder how long it will take the Sharks to regain respectability? a SC win out of nowhere would go a long way, but what are the odds of that? i’m gonna say less than their lotto chances were.

KE

I’m excited about the team if Timo comes back playing like he did last season which he will as it’s money year for him. I liked Grier’s answer about what he sees the team will be tenacious and fast. But he did forget putting the puck in the back of the net once you get the puck as the result of your tenacity and speed lol.

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