Evander Kane skated on Sharks Ice in San Jose
SAN JOSE – Evander Kane, eligible to replay NHL games in just over a week, skated Sharks Ice away from the team, a source confirmed to the news agency.
Kane has served 17 games of the 21-game suspension imposed on him by the NHL on October 18 for violating the COVID-19 protocol of the NHL and NHLPA by submitting a fake vaccine card. He is eligible to play again on November 30 when the Sharks play on the road against the New Jersey Devils.
The Athletic first reported on Sunday that Kane skated on Sharks Ice on Saturday. Hours before their game with the Washington Capitals, the Sharks, as has been their routine this season, hosted a morning practice session on Saturday at the SAP Center.
At this time, it’s unclear how Sharks general manager Doug Wilson plans to deal with Kane’s potential return to the organization.
When asked on Saturday night after the Sharks’ 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals if he could share anything about Kane’s status with the team, coach Bob Boughner said he had no other information.
“And that’s totally honest,” said Boughner, who said late last month he didn’t know Kane’s whereabouts at the time. “I have no information. You know, there are decisions that have to be made.
Kane led the Sharks with 49 points in 56 games last season and the team could use their production to fill a dire need for another bona fide winger in their top six squad.
With Saturday’s shutout, the Sharks have only scored eight goals in their last five games. The Sharks host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
Kane was not on the team at any time during training camp earlier this fall as the NHL opened two new investigations into the 30-year-old forward’s past behavior.
One centered around a violation of the COVID-19 protocol, and the other involved accusations of physical and sexual abuse raised by his ex-wife in a court case in September.
The NHL said it could not substantiate the domestic violence allegations, but found that Kane violated the league’s COVID protocol, slapping him with a quarter-season suspension that cost him around $ 1, $ 68 million of his salary of $ 7 million for this season.
Kane still owes over $ 20million over the past three-plus years from his contract, which is set to expire after the 2024-25 season.