Prior to the grievance going to arbitration, the San Jose Sharks and former forward Evander Kane reached a settlement regarding his departure from the team last season.
When the Sharks released Kane in January, they cited a breach of contract and a violation of AHL protocols in their decision. The NHLPA filed a grievance on Kane’s behalf at the time. Four years into a seven-year, $49 million deal, Kane was earning $7 million per year on average.
After joining the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent last season, Kane extended his contract by four more years this summer. According to an NHL, source cites the settlement is meant to compensate Kane for the difference between what the Sharks owe him and what he will earn with the Oilers.
The remaining three years of Kane’s deal with San Jose were worth $19 million in compensation. With the Oilers, he will earn $16.5 million during the first three years of his new contract. According to an NHL source, the settlement will result in a cap charge that will be applied retrospectively to the 2021-22 Sharks’ salary cap. They had roughly $4.9M in cap space at the end of the previous season.
The Sharks have announced that the NHL and NHLPA have given their blessing to the deal. We are certain that the parameters of the agreement will not have a negative effect on the team’s ability to compete financially or tactically this or next year.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 16, 2022
Dan Milstein, Kane’s representative, refused an interview request. Upon hearing the complaint, Milstein stated, “the Sharks do not have adequate reasons to take this action.”In a statement, the NHLPA expressed its satisfaction that the situation between Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks had been addressed.
Before the 2021-22 season, the Sharks and Kane had already begun to separate. The NHL looked into allegations made by Anna Kane, Kane’s ex-wife, that he bet on NHL games and was “clearly tossing games to make money.”
Those allegations were looked into by the NHL, and the league came to the conclusion that there was no valid basis for them. The NHL was still looking into Anna Kane’s claims of physical and sexual assault against Evander Kane as training camps began.
The Sharks made the decision that Evander Kane would not be attending training camp. Finally, the National Hockey League determined that “the charges of domestic abuse brought against Kane by his estranged wife could not be proved.”
The National Hockey League opened an investigation into Kane on October 5, 2021, after he allegedly submitted a fake immunization card. The league finished its investigation into Kane on October 18 and suspended him for 21 games for policy violations. In a public statement, Kane admitted he “made a mistake, one I really regret” and promised to get help in order to make better decisions in the future.
Following his suspension, Kane was waived and assigned to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL). During the December 2021 season, Kane was accused of breaking league regulations by visiting Vancouver while he was still under the process.
The NHL looked into the infringement and concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to “conclusively find that Mr. Kane deliberately made misrepresentations regarding his status or test results in conjunction with his foreign travel.”
The oilers were given permission to sign Kane as a free agent. With Edmonton, he played in 43 games, scoring 13 goals and racking up 39 points.
There were rumors that the Edmonton Oilers were interested in signing Kane soon after word of San Jose’s attempt to cancel his contract became public. After a promising start, the Oilers went on a long losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention by the seasons halfway.
General manager Ken Holland was under increasing pressure to make changes. One solution was to bring in Kane, a skilled goal scorer. Kane joined the Oilers on January 27, 2022, for the duration of one season. Connor McDavid, a star player for the Oilers, backed the team’s choice to sign Kane despite the backlash it received. according to McDavid “As a group, we’re hoping to go on a streak.
We want him to come in and make whatever contribution he can to that. He did well to recognize the possibility of pushback while maintaining that the opportunity is beneficial for all parties. For both his comeback in the NHL and our team’s improvement with the addition of a player of his caliber.”
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