If we’re halfway via one other NHL season or thereabouts, it should imply that Evander Kane has fucked up in a roundabout way.
We might say “San Jose’s Evander Kane,” besides the Sharks are punting Kane off their workforce in essentially the most thorough means doable. They’re terminating his contract. You’d assume a 3rd workforce deciding it may’t put up with Kane’s shit anymore can be an indication that possibly he simply doesn’t belong within the league. However that is professional sports activities, and getting expertise on a budget will at all times take priority over a man offering all of the proof on this planet he’s a device.
Kane’s newest balls-up, and apparently his final as a Shark, was one more violation of COVID protocols. You could recall that earlier than the season started, Kane faked his vaccination standing and obtained suspended for 21 video games. Kane had begun a stint with the Sharks’ AHL workforce, additionally in San Jose, however had entered isolation after testing optimistic for COVID on Dec. 21. Humorous factor about isolation, it doesn’t contain flying to Vancouver by yourself eight days later. Kane additionally returned to the Barracuda, the AHL workforce, some six days after they anticipated him to, which was when his 10-day isolation interval was over on Dec. 31.
The Sharks actually didn’t want a lot of an invite to do no matter doable to get out from beneath the remaining cash owed to him on his seven-year, $49 million contract (4 years after this one). Kane positively gave them an out, however he’s been giving them and another employer an out since simply after he got here into the league in 2009.
Kane, 30, was the identical headache and asshole he has been in Atlanta/Winnipeg and Buffalo. This is similar man who faced two accusations of sexual assault in Buffalo. His lawyer lawyer denied any wrongdoing. Who confronted domestic abuse accusations from his ex-wife (although it must be famous Kane was given full custody of their daughter in December). His lawyer denies any abuse right here as nicely. He’s the identical man who was sued by a Vegas casino. Or the one who was accused of betting on his own team’s games. He denied doing such. He missed a observe in Buffalo as a result of he appeared to have partied too hard from hanging out on the NBA All-Star Game. He’s the identical man that his Jets teammates hated a lot they chucked all his clothes into the bathe. After which throw on the faux vaccination card and the unsanctioned jaunt to Vancouver.
However that gained’t cease groups from giving him a name now that his Sharks’ contract is mud:
Is Kane an excellent participant? Yeah, that’s onerous to argue in opposition to. He has seven 20-goal seasons, put up 30 within the final regular season the NHL had, and had 22 in simply 56 video games final 12 months. Any good workforce might discover room for that on their second or third strains, in a vacuum.
However the query about Kane, strictly on the ice, is whether or not or not he’s a, “Yeah however who offers a shit?” man. In 11 NHL seasons, Kane has six playoff targets. He’s performed on simply two playoff groups, which isn’t essentially his fault but additionally may point out that he’s gotten big-time minutes to pad his goal-totals as a result of he’s been on rubbish groups.
Mix that with the inescapable conclusion that he’s a dressing-room anchor, and one wonders why everyone seems to be in such a rush to signal him. The accusations of sexual assault and home abuse ought to have been sufficient to sideline Kane for at the least some time, however we don’t dwell in that world. Kane seems to be a less-successful, hockey model of Trevor Bauer.
May Kane destroy a workforce’s Stanley Cup hopes by merely being there? It’s probably not the query we must be asking: Would each the league, and Kane himself, be higher off with out one another, in all probability is. However each GM desires to imagine in “the facility of the room” they’ve. They’ll level out that in San Jose, when Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Marc-Eduoard Vlasic had been round to kind a powerful management base, Kane performed his greatest and most vital hockey. And each GM is satisfied they’ve that construction in place.
What most of those groups don’t appear to comprehend is that Kane has by no means actually confronted any penalties for his actions. There’s at all times been a workforce prepared to commerce for him prior to now when the final one might take no extra. This previous suspension was the one main one he’s confronted, and he nonetheless flouted the foundations throughout the fucking factor. So it’s probably that no matter’s subsequent is worse than what got here earlier than, not higher.
However that is the NHL, so we’re going to search out out.