Apparently, enough is enough.
Evander Kane has officially had his contract with the San Jose Sharks terminated after the 30-year-old was placed on Unconditional Waivers and successfully passed through with zero bites from any of the other 31 NHL clubs.
If heavy debt, bankruptcy, sports gambling – including that of accusations of throwing his own games – producing fake vaccination cards, sexual assault, physical abuse, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and accusing his now estranged wife of faking pregnancies wasn’t enough, Kane’s recent behaviour in the American Hockey League apparently was the final straw for the Sharks’ organization.
Being assigned to the San Jose Barracuda after fulfilling his lengthy 21-game NHL suspension, Kane saw his time in the ‘A’ come to a close this past weekend after being accused of breaking COVID-19 protocol once again, as the team wrote, Kane participated in a “breach of his NHL Standard Player Contract and for violation of the AHL COVID-19 protocols.”
Operating on a substantial seven-year, $49 million contract with the Sharks, that deal is no more, as Kane will now forfeit the remaining $23 million on the deal he signed back in May of 2018.
On Monday, the NHL Players’ Association officially filed a grievance against the Sharks for ‘wrongful termination of his contract’.
According to reports, Kane registered a positive COVID-19 test back on December 21 while with the Barracuda. He then was immediately placed into the mandatory 10-day quarantine, required by government as well as league protocol. But on December 29, Kane travelled to Vancouver by air, without appropriate medical clearance, thus serving as the breach in his contract. Further to this, Kane did not return back to San Jose on December 31 as expected, but rather on January 6, a full week after his agreed-upon return date.
Prior to catching COVID, Kane had put up eight points in five games in the AHL, after sitting out the first 21 games of the Sharks’ regular season. He had 22 goals and 44 points in 56 games for San Jose last year. The former Winnipeg Jets youngster has a career 264 goals and 506 points in 769 regular season games.