The Sharks have placed Evander Kane on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate his deal over a breach of contract and violation of AHL COVID-19 protocols, the team announced Saturday morning.
Kane had not played for the Sharks' AHL squad, the Barracuda, since Dec. 22 after entering COVID-19 protocols. The 30-year-old reportedly was symptomatic but had apparently re-joined the team on Thursday.
The Athletic's Kevin Kurz reported Saturday citing league sources that Kane traveled to Vancouver while he was COVID-19 positive, which played a major factor in the decision to terminate his contract.
Below are statements from both the NHLPA and Kane's agent, Dan Milstein.
He played in five AHL games after returning from a 21-game NHL suspension for violating the league's COVID-19 protocols.
The Sharks are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at 4 p.m. PT.
Kane played 212 games in a Sharks uniform, notching 166 points (87 goals, 79 assists).