SAN JOSE – Evander Kane, only eligible to play an NHL game again in a week, has ice-skated away from team Sharks, a source confirmed to the news organization.
Kane has played 17 games, including a 21-game suspension awarded by the NHL on October 18. He is eligible to play again on November 30 when the Sharks play on the road against the New Jersey Devils.
The Athletic first reported on Sunday that Kane had skated on Shark ice on Saturday. Hours before their game with the Washington Capitals, the Sharks, as has been their routine this season, held a Saturday morning skate at the Sapp Center.
It’s still unclear how Sharks general manager Doug Wilson plans to handle Kane’s potential return to the organization.
Asked Saturday night if he could share anything about Kane’s condition with the team after the Sharks’ 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, coach Bob Boffner said he had no further information. .
“And it’s completely honest,” said Boffner, who said late last month that he didn’t know where Kane was at the time. “I have no idea. You know, there are decisions that need to be made.”
Kane led the Sharks to 49 points from 56 games last season and the team could use their output to satisfy a clear need for another genuine goal-scoring winger in their top six forward group.
With Saturday’s shutout, the Sharks have scored just eight goals in their last five matches. The Sharks host the Carolina Hurricane Monday night.
Kane was not around the team at any point during training camp earlier this fall as the NHL launched two new investigations into the 30-year-old forward’s past behavior.
One centered around COVID-19 protocol violations, and the other involved allegations of physical and sexual abuse raised by his wife in a court filing in September.
The NHL said it could not confirm the domestic abuse allegations, but found Kane violated the league’s COVID protocol, slapping him with a quarter-season suspension, which cost him his $7 loss for this season. About $1.68 million of the millionth salary had to be spent.
Kane is still owed more than $20 million in the final three-plus years of his contract, which expires after the 2024-25 season.