The NHL Players Association has filed a grievance against the San Jose Sharks for terminating the remainder of Evander Kane’s contract, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press on Monday.
The grievance, saying the Sharks did not have sufficient grounds to act, was filed on Sunday evening, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the matter is now in the league’s hands.
The Sharks placed Kane on unconditional waivers on Saturday, claiming the forward violated COVID-19 protocols while with the AHL Barracuda. Kane was not claimed in the 24-hour period, putting the Sharks in a position to terminate the remainder of the player’s contract.
The move will cost Kane around $ 22.9 million on the seven-year $ 49 million deal he signed in May 2018.
Kane is now a free agent open to signing with any team, pending the start of the grievance process.
The decision to terminate Kane’s contract ended a multi-month saga in San José. Kane has been accused of playing games, deliberately losing games he had bet on, as well as sexual and physical abuse by his ex-wife, Anna, over the summer.
The NHL investigated and found no evidence to support these claims, but suspended Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. When the suspension was lifted in late November, the Sharks put Kane on waivers and sent him to the AHL when he was unclaimed.
Kane, 30, has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games, also playing for Atlanta / Winnipeg and Buffalo.
AP Sports writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.
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