How do you trade a problem like Evander Kane?
That’s what the San Jose Sharks are trying to solve right now.
There are many ways to do it, but none are easy. It’s complicated because of the combination of Kane’s immense ability on the ice, his many off-the-ice issues, and his sizable contract.
The biggest hang-up is his contract. Kane signed a seven-year, $49 million contract in May 2018 that still has this year and three more seasons left on it.
Right or wrong, teams will overlook a pending battery case in Buffalo, accusations of domestic violence by his estranged wife Anna Kane, a possible gambling problem, and multiple reported instances of the player breaking team rules or not getting along with his teammates. Not every organization will overlook these red flags, but a number of them will. The concern is committing that many years to a player with such a checkered past, and therefore, an uncertain future.
With all that said, let’s look at how the San Jose Sharks can, realistically, part with Kane.
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