CHICAGO — The Sharks are placing Evander Kane on waivers today, this news organization has learned. Assuming Kane clears waivers Monday, he will be assigned the Barracuda of the AHL.
Kane’s 21-game suspension for violating the NHL/NHLPA’s COVID protocol ends Monday. Kane, 30, has not skated or practiced with the Sharks since the start of the team’s training camp in September.
The Sharks are playing the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at the United Center, the first game of a five-game road trip.
When Kane is placed on waivers, any of the 31 other NHL teams have 24 hours to claim him and add him to their roster. If Kane is not claimed, he will be assigned to the Barracuda, which is expected to hold practice Monday morning at Sharks Ice in San Jose.
Kane is in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49 million contract that he signed with the Sharks in May 2018. The deal carries an average annual value of $7 million. Kane is still owed over $20 million in salary.
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