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The Problems With Evander Kane

from Kevin Kurz of The Athletic,

Several key players informed team brass that if Kane was going to be a part of the Sharks going forward, they didn’t want to be. That’s how bad it got, and how complicated this situation has become.

“Guys were going into Doug’s office all year long,” according to one source, “saying Kane had to go. … All Doug would say is, ‘All teams have locker-room issues,’ which just isn’t true. Not the teams that win, anyway.”

“The Sharks ignored everything,” said an NHL agent who represents at least one player on the team. “Team turned a blind eye.”

The NHL is investigating Kane, who has been accused by his wife of gambling on NHL games. But the Sharks’ displeasure with Kane stemmed from a general disrespect for team rules, including routinely being late for games and practices, not adhering to the dress code and having poor practice habits. At one point late in the season, according to a source, Kane nearly came to blows with assistant coach Rocky Thompson in a meeting after arguing where he was supposed to be positioned on the power play. Several sources indicated there was a general frustration among the team that Kane was permitted to get away with whatever he wanted, with no repercussions.

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Primis's avatar

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

Posted by Primis on 08/11/21 at 07:51 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I have friends of friends who are like this, and they are not worth having in your life.

But then I work with people like this…unfortunately you can’t get away from them so easily.  They drag others down around them and bring out the worst in everyone.

He has a Modified NTC so that makes it even harder to move him, nevermind the fact his reputation is in the toilet.  Their only option at this point may be to buy him out.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/11/21 at 08:27 AM ET


All goes back to what dmac says is the first thing any winning teams needs.  Accountability.

Posted by ThatGuy on 08/11/21 at 11:00 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I would bet on more negative things that haven’t made out about Kane in general.  His next team and contract should be interesting,I am assuming someone will be dumb enough to try hide his problems.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/11/21 at 11:16 AM ET


I wonder how far this has to go before they get into territory where the Sharks would be able to terminate his contract under the guidelines of the SPC. If it turns out he actually was gambling on the sharks then it’ll be a done deal, but this seems like it’s going to get uglier before it’s over.

Posted by MZ2215 on 08/11/21 at 12:16 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

This news from March makes more sense now, they were probably just trying to find a way to get him off the team.  https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/report-sharks-considering-voiding-evander-kanes-contract/

Posted by TreKronor on 08/11/21 at 04:05 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

But then I work with people like this

I encountered them when I was working also. Happily retired now. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 08/11/21 at 06:23 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

As someone who has had beer thrown on, spit on, been invited to a fight with Sharks fans during/after a game, I sip this news like a fine wine.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/11/21 at 10:07 PM ET

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