Evander Kane’s saga isn’t over yet.
The NHLPA has officially filed a complaint against the San Jose Sharks in response to the termination of Kane’s contract after the team cleared an unconditional waiver on Sunday afternoon.
According to SportsNet’s Elliott Friedman, the Sharks did terminate Kane’s contract last night after passing an unclaimed waiver, making the 30-year-old winger a UFA. However, with that appeal now pending, a set of ground rules needs to be established to determine how Kane’s free agency proceeds, as if he ends up signing with another team in the next few weeks and also wins his appeal, In it he could sign two contracts with two different franchises at the same time.
Such a result is truly unprecedented.
On the Sharks side, the group claimed that their strong reason for terminating Kane’s contract was his alleged breach of the AHL’s COVID-19 protocol in late December.
As Friedman reported, Kane tested positive for COVID-19 with the AHL’s San Jose Barracudas on Dec. 21 and entered the league’s health and safety protocol, which requires a 10-day quarantine . However, Kane apparently flew to Vancouver on Dec. 29 before he had completed the league-mandated quarantine, and the Sharks believed he did not have the medical clearance to do so.
Kane is expected to report back to the Barracuda on Dec. 31 once his 10-day quarantine period ends, according to reports. According to Friedman’s report, Kane did not return to the Barracuda Plant until January 6.
With Kane already suspended for 21 games earlier this season for violating the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, it will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out.