Sharks and Evander Kane reach agreement to withdraw grievance

(San Jose) Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks reached an agreement Friday over a complaint he filed to challenge the termination of his contract last season.

Posted at 1:37 pm.

The Sharks confirmed the information and confirmed that the agreement had been approved by the NHL and the Players Association.

“We are convinced that (the agreement) will not affect the team financially, competitively, next season or in the following seasons,” the California team said in a press release.

The Sharks terminated Kane’s contract in January after he violated the league’s health policy to fight COVID-19 while at the farm club, San Jose Barracuda. The move stripped Kane of just under $23 million, as part of the seven-season, $49 million deal he signed with them in May 2018.

Kane and the Players Association filed a complaint challenging the sharks’ authority to make such a decision. While that management process was unfolding, Kane signed a contract for the remainder of the season with the Edmonton Oilers and agreed to a four-year, $20.5 million contract extension.

The 31-year-old veteran joined the fourth NHL organization after being drafted by the now-defunct Atlanta Thrashers.

He then wore the Winnipeg Jets costume after the Thrashers moved out of Georgia, before being traded to Buffalo Sabers and then the Sharks. He appears to have made himself a niche with the Oilers, with whom he reached the Western Final.

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