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Kane, Sharks Reach Contract Settlement

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Kane, Sharks Reach Contract Settlement

The oft-troubled Evander Kane has come to an agreement with the San Jose Sharks on a contract settlement following his rollercoaster ride of the past two years.

After initially investigating Kane for allegedly using a fake COVID-19 vaccine card, the NHL announced Kane would be suspended for 21 games for violating league policy. Kane was then put on Waivers and sent down to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

Then, in December, Kane was accused once again of violating league protocol when he travelled to Vancouver while under COVID-19 protocol. The NHL once again intervened and investigated the alleged incident. However, this time there was insufficient evidence to fully carry out any penalty on Kane.

He was officially released by the Sharks and later signed with the Edmonton Oilers on a cheap deal to finish the season as a free agent. He put up 39 points in 43 games as an Oiler, before scoring a mind-boggling 13 times in just 15 postseason games, while adding four assists.

Over the offseason, the NHL, Oilers, Sharks and Kane have cooperated in various ongoing investigations, to which the Sharks and Kane have since come to an agreement on an appropriate settlement following the Sharks’ termination of his contract midway through the year.

“The San Jose Sharks have reached an agreement with Evander Kane regarding the termination of his NHL Standard Player Contract,” the Sharks wrote in a team release. “The agreement has been approved by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association. We are satisfied that its terms will not adversely impact the team, either financially or competitively, in this or future seasons.”

He was in the fourth season of a seven-year, $49 million contract during the 2021-22 season when his deal was voided on January 8. Should no grievance have been filed, Kane would have lost nearly $23 million due to the termination. However, the settlement is expected make up the difference ($2.5 million) in money lost from the San Jose deal and the new four-year, $20.5 million contract Kane recently put pen to paper on during the offseason with the Oilers.

“I played some of my best hockey in San Jose and gave everything I had on the ice,” Kane posted on Twitter. “I really enjoyed playing in front of the Sharks fans and appreciate my loyal fans who have supported me throughout. Adversity can either break you or make you stronger, it certainly made me stronger. I’m happy to finally close that chapter of my hockey career. Edmonton, let’s go!”

With most of his legal troubles and the need for accurate vaccine cards now behind him, Kane will work on maintaining his income while avoiding the slots during his first full season in Edmonton.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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