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NHL: Evander Kane settles grievance with San Jose Sharks over undisclosed amount after layoff

NHL forward Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks on Friday reached a settlement over the complaint he filed about ending his contract last season.

The Sharks announced the agreement, which they said has been approved by the NHL and the Players’ Association, and said they are “satisfied that its terms will not adversely affect the team financially or competitively in this or future seasons “.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Kane thanked fans for their support and said adversity made him stronger.

“I played my best hockey in San Jose and gave everything I had on the ice,” Kane said. “I’m excited to finally close this chapter of my ice hockey career.”

Kane was investigated by the league in October 2021 for allegedly manufacturing a fake COVID vaccination card. The NHL suspended Kane 21 games for violating the policy, with Kane releasing a statement saying he made “a mistake that I sincerely regret.”

Following the suspension, Kane was demoted to the San Jose Barracuda — the Sharks’ minor league affiliate of the American Hockey League.

The Sharks subsequently terminated Kane’s contract in January for violating AHL-COVID-19 protocols. The termination cost Kane nearly $23 million from the $49 million, seven-year deal he signed in May 2018.

Kane and the NHL Players’ Association filed a complaint alleging the Sharks did not have sufficient reason for the move. While that process was still ongoing, he signed with the Oilers for the remainder of the season and re-signed in Edmonton for $20.5 million over four years.

The 31-year-old is in his fourth NHL organization after being drafted from Atlanta, went to Winnipeg when the Thrashers became the Jets, and was traded to Buffalo and then San Jose. He was a good fit with the Oilers and helped them reach the Western Conference Finals.

Kane has struggled with personal issues for a number of years, mostly related to gambling and his marriage. In 2019, he was sued by the Cosmopolitan Casino in Las Vegas for leaving home without paying a half million dollar gambling debt.

In an interview with ESPN, he publicly admitted to having a gambling addiction after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California. That filing alleged that he had amassed over $26 million in debt — $1.5 million of which was from gambling.

Kane’s estranged wife Anna has accused him of betting on games involving his own team, as well as allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault. Kane has maintained his innocence, and after multiple investigations by the NHL, no evidence was found to support these claims.

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