This San Jose Sharks Approaching the 2018 NHL trade deadline requires one thing: an offense. Their leading scorer, Brent Burns, has just 67 points this season, while Logan Couture is the team’s leading scorer and the only player to score 30 goals this season.
So, Doug Wilson made a big deal for Evander Kane.Rear forcing myself to leave Winnipeg, The 26-year-old joined the Sharks from Buffalo Sabres Scored 9 goals and 14 points in 17 games leading up to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Unfortunately, that success didn’t carry over to the subsequent playoffs.
Regardless, the Sharks want Kane to be part of their long-term future. Not only did Kane cost the Sharks $7 million from 2018-19 to 2024-25 due to the conditional pick included in the trade, but the Sharks also waived their 2019 first-round pick.
While the Sharks believe moving to San Jose and Joe Thornton established the culture, Joe Pavelski, while Logan Couture could eradicate Kane’s ice troubles, but it hasn’t happened yet.
The forward has been dealing with gambling and financial problems during his time in San Jose.He was indicted by the Las Vegas casino on November 5, 2019, for $500,000 in gambling debt. He even gambled ahead of the 2019 Sharks playoffs.
January 12, 2020 Kane Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Protection Given the lawsuit brought by Centennial Bank and $1.5 million in gambling debts. After a lackluster 2020-21 season for the Sharks, Kane’s future with the Sharks looks even more uncertain.
According to reports, several players expressed dissatisfaction with Kane during the exit interview.Just before Sharks training camp in 2021, Kane was found to have Made a fake vaccination card, leading to the suspension of the NHL. The forward and his hefty contract passed a waiver, and he played in five AHL games.
Now, in order to terminate the contract, the Sharks have unconditionally waived Kane. The organization will do so due to “violating his NHL standard player contract and violating the AHL COVID-19 protocol.”
Kane and his contract
Honestly, termination is probably the best-case scenario for the Sharks. The organization will no longer be responsible for the remainder of his contract. According to CapFriendly, the 29-year-old will forgo the remaining $22.9 million in his contract. And, it seems most likely to terminate at the moment. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, Agree to the Franchise Decision“I can say we’re satisfied that they had good reason to terminate the contract,” Daly said.
Now, the ball is on the courts of the NHL Players Association. Union said via Twitter They “know that the San Jose Sharks intend to terminate Evan de Kane’s contract.” The NHLPA intends to challenge any such action by filing a complaint.
Ultimately, it will come down to whether the league believes San Jose has enough reason to terminate Kane’s contract. Kane’s agent Dan Milstein thinks otherwise. As he noted in his tweet, “The shark has no reason to take this action.”
The grounds for termination of the contract were breach of the AHL COVID-19 protocol. According to The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz, “According to multiple sources, Sharks’ Evan de Cairns’ contract was terminated primarily because he traveled to Vancouver when he tested positive for COVID.”
If Kane explicitly waives and cancels his contract, the Sharks will have an unexpected $7 million in salary cap space in each of the next three seasons, including 2021-22.
Sharks gain financial stability
During the AHL, Kane’s $5.8 million low salary cap was largely wasted. Now, the Sharks have more money to play at the NHL trade deadline. The Sharks are one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for the second Western Conference wild-card berth after a win over the Philadelphia Flyers. However, many teams behind the Sharks have played at least two games short.
Speaking of the team’s victory yesterday, Thomas Hertle’s natural hat-trick fueled the victory. Now, Hertel has scored 20 goals this year and he has 47 goals and 71 points in 2021-22. Luckily for the Czech center, his career-year goals will pay off handsomely as he hits unrestricted free agency this summer.
Previously, I was very pessimistic about the Sharks’ ability to keep Hertle and their key restricted free agent in the upcoming offseason. With Mario Ferraro, Jonathan Darren, Jacob Middleton and Nikola Knizov all in need of contract extensions, $150-16 million doesn’t seem like enough to keep all the youngsters and Heck. Tel.
Now, with CapFriendly, I’m more optimistic. With nearly $21 million in salary cap space, the Sharks could potentially stretch all players, including Hertle, to around $7 to $8 million.
The Sharks could be going through a long and arduous process. How long the ordeal will last if the NHLPA tries to prevent the termination of the contract is unclear. As for Kane, his future in the NHL could be delayed.
After his fake vaccination cards caught the league’s attention, Kane received 21 game suspension. For the second violation of the COVID protocol, I think there may be a similar penalty from the NHL, if not longer.
The Sharks now have more cap space when the trade deadline hits March 21. Given how competitive they are for a playoff berth, Wilson could use the space to keep his salary in a future asset deal, or earn rent to compete in the 2022 NHL playoffs.
Josh Frojelin is a young writer from the Bay Area. Josh was a Sharks fan growing up and was introduced to hockey by his father. He’s hanging on his phone now, waiting to hear the latest hockey news. Besides writing, Josh also enjoys drama and his corgi rockies.