San Jose’s Evan de Kane saga has finally come to an end.
The Sharks officially waived the embattled winger unconditionally Saturday afternoon to terminate his contract. If Kane passes unclaimed, which he will no doubt do, the 30-year-old will officially become a free agent, clearing $23 million from the Sharks’ salary cap.
According to a statement from the Sharks, Kane was reportedly released for violating his standard player contract for violating the AHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Kane was also suspended 21 games by the NHL earlier this season for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocol, despite the Sharks asking him not to attend training camp. After his suspension ended, Kane was waived by the Sharks and eventually sent to the team’s AHL affiliate after being cleared, before he again violated health and safety protocols.
Kane played five games for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda, scoring 2 goals, 6 assists and 8 points.
Being effectively released by his team was the fate many predicted would befall Kane’s numerous ice violations.
Cain has been the subject of numerous lawsuits over the past few years, the most recent being the $15 million lawsuit against Cain by lender Specialty Bank in May 2021, alleging that it defrauded the company while securing a $1.5 million loan, and a Women are suing Kane for allegedly withdrawing from a paid abortion deal back in 2018, among others.
Now, Kane will hit the open market, although it’s unlikely he’ll find another NHL opportunity awaiting him, at least for now.
It’s worth noting that Kane’s release has paved the way for an easier path for Canada at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and his free agency makes him a top striker eligible for the Olympics after the NHL’s exit One of its engagements was back in December.