The San Jose Sharks placed Evander Kane’s name on waivers on Sunday.
The 30-year-old forward was suspended for 21 games, without pay, for violating the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on October 18. He would be eligible to play a game opener this season with the Sharks against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
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If not claimed on waivers, Kane is expected to join the San Jose Barracuda school club in the American League on Tuesday.
Assistant General Manager Joe Will said the Sharks had explored all of their options since the suspension began and decided « the best thing right now was to let him continue playing hockey and the best option. was to do it with the Barracuda for now. «
Will argued that there was no set date for Kane’s return to the Sharks and that the option of a deal could be considered.
“There are a number of possibilities,” said Will. We continue to analyze our options. «
After leading the Sharks with 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) in 56 games last season, Kane did not show up to training camp and still has not played in 2021-22.
Kane was the subject of two investigations prior to the suspension. The NHL announced on October 18 that allegations of domestic violence by Kane’s ex-wife Deanna could not be proven, and announced on September 22 that it had found no evidence to support claims that he would have bet on NHL games or tried to have a negative impact on Sharks games.
Will clarified that Kane’s teammates were not consulted in the decision to put him on waivers with the goal of then sending him to the AHL.
“It’s a management decision that we discussed, but we also tried to consider a couple of things – the way the team is behaving and the current chemistry,” said Will. Things are going very well in the locker room at the moment. […] He hasn’t played for a long time. «
The Sharks (10-9-1) sit fifth in the Pacific section. They will visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCH, NBCSCA; NHL LIVE).
Kane is currently in the fourth season of a seven-year contract he signed with San Jose on May 24, 2018.
Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers for fourth in 2009, Kane has 506 points (264 goals, 242 assists) in 769 regular season games with the Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabers and Sharks, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 29 playoff games.
With the help of NHL.com Independent Correspondent Chelena Goldman