Sharks’ Evander Kane accepts unconditional waivers; NHLPA intends to file a grievance

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane authorized an unconditional waiver on Sunday, a day after the team put him on waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. San Jose said his decision came because he violated his standard NHL player contract and AHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

The NHL Players Association said in a statement on Saturday that it was “aware of the San Jose Sharks’ stated intention to terminate Evander Kane’s contract” and that it “intended to contest such action by filing a grievance. ” Kane’s agent Dan Milstein also said he would grieve if Kane accepts the waivers.

“The Sharks do not have sufficient grounds to take this step”, Milstein tweeted.

Kane’s contract termination mainly stems from his trip to Vancouver while on COVID-19 protocol, sources said athleticism. The Barracuda placed Kane in protocols December 22.

Kane, 30, joined Barracuda, the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, in November after accepting waivers and being assigned to the team. Prior to that, he had been suspended for 21 games in October for violating the COVID-19 protocols of the NHL and NHLPA. He did not attend training camp in San Jose while the league investigated him for possibly attempting to tamper with his COVID-19 vaccination status and for an allegation by his ex-wife, Anna Kane, of domestic violence in a divorce petition.

Kane had previously been cleared in the league’s investigation into allegations he played in NHL games.

In five games with the Barracuda, he has scored two goals and eight points. He joined the Sharks in 2018 after being traded from the Buffalo Sabers.

As a result of the termination of his contract, Kane will lose $ 22.8 million. It hit a cap of $ 7 million for that season, as well as for the following three years.

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