The Edmonton Oilers have officially signed Evander Kane to a one-year deal, the team announced on Thursday, just hours after the NHL said it was investigating that extended COVID-19 protocols had led to There was “insufficient evidence” to determine the infringement or not. Happened intentionally.
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The terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the club, but Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman previously reported that the contract would entail $750,000 in salary and $625,000 in signing bonuses, meaning a cap hit of approximately $2.1 million. Friedman said the contract has a full no-movement clause.
Earlier in the night, the NHL said an investigation into whether Kane violated COVID-19 protocol during his cross-border travel found “insufficient evidence” to determine whether he knowingly Has misrepresented test results in relation to its “COVID-19 status or international travel.”
That investigation focused on Kane testing positive for COVID-19 on December 21, and then on a flight to Vancouver on December 29. At that point, Kane would still have been in the 10-day AHL COVID-19 protocol. When the San Jose Sharks terminated Kane’s contract on January 9, they said it was for “breach of their standard player contract” and “violation of AHL COVID-19 protocol”.
The NHL initially supported the Sharks’ move, saying it was “satisfied that the club has sufficient grounds to give effect to the termination.” After the Sharks terminated his contract, the NHLPA filed a complaint on Kane’s behalf. It was not immediately clear how the NHL investigation would affect the complaint in the event of cross-border travel.
Whether or not the league would issue further discipline was one of the final hurdles to an NHL return for Kane, whose off-ice choice and controversies stalled his professional hockey career for most of the season.
Before the season began, however, Kane was suspended for 21 games for his use of a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. When he was eligible to return, he joined the San Jose Barracudas of the AHL, where he had eight points from five games.
Issues related to the COVID-19 protocol are not the only incident in the controversy-ridden section for Kane.
The NHL also investigated allegations of domestic assault by Anna Kane, his estranged wife, in the divorce filing, ultimately stating that they “cannot be substantiated.”
Anna Kane also stated that Evander Kane bet on NHL games he played with the Sharks, influencing their results for her own financial gain. The NHL’s investigation of those claims did not find evidence that he had bet on hockey games.
Kane, 30, scored 22 goals in 56 appearances last season for the Sharks and 22 assists for 44 points. Kane has also played for the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise and Buffalo since being drafted fourth overall by the Thrashers in 2009.