NHLPA files grievance for Evander Kane over Sharks contract termination

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May 7, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (R) reacts to the referee during the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The NHLPA filed a grievance Monday over the termination of Evander Kane’s contract by the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks officially terminated the veteran forward’s deal Sunday night after placing him on unconditional waivers Saturday. Kane went unclaimed.

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Sharks claim breach of contract

The Sharks claim that Kane breached his NHL Standard Player Contract by violating the American Hockey League COVID-19 protocol. He served a 21-game suspension for submitting a fake vaccination card and was assigned to the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.

Kane was fully vaccinated before being reinstated, the team said. However, he traveled home to Vancouver while in COVID protocol last month in a violation of league rules, according to reports.

“We are aware of the Sharks’ decision to put Evander on waivers for contract termination. If he clears, we will file a grievance,” Kane’s agent said on Saturday. “The Sharks do not have sufficient grounds for taking this action.”

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Apr 24, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (9) shoots the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

He was in the fourth season of a seven-year, $49 million contract signed in May 2018. He will forfeit $22.8 million. NHL contracts are guaranteed.

Kane, 30, is an unrestricted free agent and has reportedly garnered interest from many teams.

“Kane’s agent Dan Milstein says there’s lots of interest from a number of teams for his UFA client,” Pierre LeBrun reported on Monday. “Would be a one-year deal for rest of the season whenever he finds a new NHL home.”

Kane led the Sharks in goals (22) and assists (27) while appearing in all 56 games last season.

He has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers (2009-11), Winnipeg Jets (2011-15), Buffalo Sabres (2015-18) and Sharks.

–Field Level Media