Evander Kane’s tumultuous run with the San Jose Sharks is over. The Sharks put Kane on unconditional waivers on Saturday with the intention of ending the remainder of his seven-year, $ 49 million deal.
San Jose said it made the decision because Kane violated the standard NHL player contract and the AHL’s COVID-19 protocols. Kane joined the Sharks’ AHL team, the Barracuda, in late November after serving a 21-game suspension for filing a forged vaccination card with the NHL.
30-year-old Kane only played five games with the Barracuda before entering the COVID-19 protocols on December 22nd.
San Jose’s decision to forego Kane comes after months of controversy surrounding the once highly acclaimed striker. In July, Anna Kane – Evander Kane’s estranged wife – accused her husband in an Instagram post of betting on NHL games and “throwing (his) games with bookmakers to win money.” The NHL investigated Anna Kane’s allegations but found no evidence to back them up.
NHL gambling wasn’t the only illegal act Anna Kane accused her husband of. She also alleged Evander Kane physically and sexually abused her during their marriage, which resulted in her filing an injunction against him in a Santa Clara court last September.
However, Evander Kane alleged that Anna Kane had been violent prior to its filing and that he had been given a restraining order himself. The timing of Anna Kane’s filing led Evander Kane’s attorneys to label the move as “retaliation.”
The NHL announced on October 18 that it was unable to review Anna Kane’s allegations of domestic abuse.
Kane will end his Sharks career with 212 games and 166 points (87 goals, 79 assists). He joined the team in 2017/18 after spending his first nine NHL seasons with the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabers.
With San Jose canceling the remainder of his contract, Kane will lose approximately $ 22.9 million from his original seven-year $ 49 million contract. It’s not an ideal time for Kane to lose that income, as he reportedly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California last January after falling into $ 26.8 million in debt.
According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, Kane lost $ 1.5 million to gambling in the month he filed for bankruptcy. Days before Kane filed for bankruptcy, Centennial Bank sued Kane in federal court in Florida for $ 8.3 million in gambling debt.