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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IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
Are the San Jose Sharks the most dysfunctional NHL franchise? Scott Burnside says maybe. (Daily Faceoff)
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)
**Breaking News** 🚨 📰
I’m told Mike Grier will be named the new GM of the @SanJoseSharks tomorrow. He becomes the first Black Person in over 100 years of @NHL Hockey to make history in doing so.@espn #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/wbGcLlU7qX
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 5, 2022
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Jake DeBrusk has reportedly rescinded his trade request from the Boston Bruins:
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The Florida Panthers have released their preseason schedule:
The New York Islanders hire Jim Paliafito to scout, formerly with the Toronto Maple Leafs:
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Issues with Comcast and Altitude should not be the biggest takeaway about Colorado Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke:
More information comes to light regarding what has happened with Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ivan Fedotov:
Washington Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel heads to Winnipeg:
Comparing Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde to Jeff Blashill:
Expectations for Brock Boeser over his next few years with the Vancouver Canucks:
Teams are showing interest in Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen:
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