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BREAKING: Kane Suspended 21 Games for Violating NHL COVID Protocol

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The hammer has dropped on Evander Kane.

The NHL has announced that they’re suspending the San Jose Sharks star for 21 regular season games “for an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol.”

We can presume that Kane did indeed try to pass off a fake vaccination card, as claimed, but that isn’t confirmed.

Kane is scheduled to be available once again to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 30.

The question is, will the Sharks welcome him back? Even before this fiasco, there were multiple reports that Kane’s teammates did not want him back in the locker room. Reportedly, Kane had flouted a variety of team rules and almost gotten into a fight with then-associate coach Rocky Thompson.

The San Jose Sharks will now have a good chance to experience life without their problem child: For the duration of this 21-game suspension, Kane will not count officially against the team roster or salary cap.

The league also announced that its investigation into Deanna Kane’s allegations that her estranged husband Evander Kane assaulted and battered her “could not be substantiated.”

Evander Kane responded to the suspension via the NHLPA:

The San Jose Sharks also followed with their own statement:

You can also read the full NHL press release here.

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timorous me

Am I correct in thinking that the Sharks will now “bank” this cap space, just the same as they would with someone on LTIR, and thus have more room to use under the cap if they choose to later in the season?

Dingel Berry

That’s what I’m thinking they would do as there’s not much reason to use it right now.They can accrue this space and hold it until the trade deadline, and if they appear to be competitive, maybe they acquire a player for a playoff run. It’s odd. I feel like they should accumulate a couple more top 6 picks by sucking for another year, but if that occurs, it almost guarantees Hertl won’t return and he’s a player I’d like to retain while the organization restocks young talent. I also would like Eklund to be sent back to Sweden to focus… Read more »

david barnard

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to Postmedia’s Patrick Johnston that Section 50.10(c) of the CBA will apply in this scenario which means that teams who suspend an unvaccinated player under these protocols will receive corresponding cap relief for the day(s) the players are suspended for.

this is probably what’s being applied to the EK9 situation.

Last edited 1 month ago by david barnard

[…] San Jose: The league handed Evander Kane a 21-game suspension for a fake Covid test document and breaking COVID protocols. […]

[…] SanJoseHockeyNow: The San Jose Sharks have gotten accustomed to life without Evander Kane. They won’t see the talented but enigmatic winger for a while after the NHL suspended Kane for 21 games Monday for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. […]

[…] San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended 21 games by the NHL for violating their COVID-19 regulation. Kane submitted a fake vaccination card and now must pay the price, while he deals with the handful of issues arising this offseason in his personal life. (San Jose Hockey Now) […]

[…] San Jose: The NHL lowered the boom on Evander Kane. The league dished a 21-game suspension for faking and breaking COVID protocols. […]

david barnard

NHLPA flexing its muscle here. 21 games is a joke! should’ve been a season suspension at the minimum.

[…] back in the Sharks locker room — even though he’s eligible to return to play on Nov. 30 after serving a 21-game suspension for COVID protocol […]

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