NHL Rumors: Evander Kane Could Have Any New Contract Voided

A new report indicates that Evander Kane's wrongful termination grievance against the San Jose Sharks will likely extend past the opening of free agency on July 13th. 

What that means is that if Kane, now a free agent after his run with the Edmonton Oilers, signs a new deal with another team, it could be voided, according to Insider Frank Seravalli:

If the arbitrator rules that the Sharks terminated him without cause, Kane – and his contract – will be reinstated with them, negating any deal he signs with another team before the ruling.

Kane was suspended by the NHL for 21 games after submitting a fake vaccination card, then the Sharks terminated his contract on Jan. 8th. Kane and the NHLPA say that was a wrongful termination.

But NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly disagrees: “Our position right now is it’s a valid termination, he should be an unrestricted free agent at the start of free agency,” Daly explained. “His position is his contract with San Jose should be reinstated in full, which would clearly supersede any contract he might sign as a free agent. So those two results can’t co-exist, right?"

A very intriguing development to watch next month, as it could certainly affect Kane's ability to draw interest on the free agent market.

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