Another day, more sordid Evander Kane news.
Kevin Kurz of The Athletic has reported that “several” of Kane’s teammates don’t want the embattled winger to come back to the San Jose Sharks next season.
These teammates, according to The Athletic, were upset with Kane’s “disrespect for team rules,” like being late for practices and games.
This lines up with a June report from the Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.
“Sources indicate significant friction built up between Kane and a number of his teammates last season,” Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff wrote, “frustration that was expressed clearly to management in exit interviews.”
“Zero consequences came,” a source told The Athletic, “which caused a ripple effect with other, younger guys.”
This might be what San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner was referring to in his May exit interview.
San Jose Hockey Now asked Boughner what he would improve as a head coach next year, following another season out of the playoffs.
“I think moving forward: Just holding a hard line and holding guys accountable. There’s times this year where we made our decision and held guys accountable,” Boughner acknowledged.
“That’s an area, I think any coach would say it’s a fine line. You want to hold everybody to the same standard, which we do, but that has to go for your best players as well. There can’t be any blurred lines there.
“I think at times, because the situation we’re in and we’re fighting for every point, some guys might have got away with more than we wish for. But we were sort of at the mercy of trying to win important games at that time of year.
“It’s not a problem at all. But that’s something, if you look in the mirror, and you say next year coming in, I think that day one, you gotta make sure everybody’s on the same page, they stay on the same page, and no one veers from that path.”
Kane certainly was one of the San Jose Sharks’ best players last year — winning the media-voted Team MVP — but it appears that he also pushed both his teammates and coaches too far.
It will be difficult, however, for GM Doug Wilson to move Kane. Kane is three seasons into a seven-year, $49 million dollar contract and has a modified no-trade clause. Kane’s NTC stipulates that he can only be dealt to three clubs of his choice.
And this isn’t even mentioning everything else swirling around the 30-year-old winger. Last week, Anna Kane, Evander Kane’s wife, accused him of gambling on San Jose Sharks games — on top of calling him an “evil person” for his treatment of her and their daughter. In January, he declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy, his debts even getting the San Jose Sharks sued.
So what’s the San Jose Sharks’ next step? A month and a half away from training camp, it’s safe to say that this won’t be the last Evander Kane story this off-season.
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