The San Jose Sharks are in the process of terminating Evander Kane’s contract after the player travelled to Vancouver while positive for COVID-19.
The report came from The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz, who confirmed the information with multiple sources.
The Sharks’ Evander Kane contract termination stems primarily from him traveling to Vancouver while COVID positive, according to multiple sources.
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) January 8, 2022
The Sharks placed him on unconditional waivers Saturday morning with the purpose of terminating his deal.
In a statement, the Sharks say the termination is due to a “breach of his NHL Standard Player Contract and for violation of the AHL COVID-19 protocols.”
Kane was suspended by the NHL for 21 games earlier this season after he produced a fake vaccination card in an attempt to skirt the league’s rules. Following his suspension, Kane was assigned to the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda playing games solely in California. In five games, he scored two goals and tallied eight points.
The 30-year-old forward came in at number 20 on DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli’s top 20 trade targets that came out this week. Here’s what he wrote on Kane:
Scoop: No shortage of ink has been spilled on Kane this season, who cleared waivers and was sent to the AHL by the Sharks in November after serving his 21-game suspension for submitting a fake vaccination card. So far, Kane has eight points in five AHL games with the Barracuda but has only played games in California. The Sharks have recalled eight forwards from the AHL since Kane was assigned there. Even with the Sharks being willing to engage a third party broker to reduce his cap hit to one quarter of what it is now, there is a toxic stench following Kane as he tries to resurrect his NHL career, with the feeling his contract is destined for a summer buyout if a deal does not materialize.
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