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Deep Blue Sea: Mike Richards case unlikely to be precedent for Evander Kane

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Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center on April 24, 2021 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

The issues with Evander Kane in San Jose continue, as Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now has reported that a Mike Richards-like settlement between the team and Kane is not likely.

For those who aren’t sure what this type of settlement is, I’ll fill you in. Back in 2015, the Los Angeles Kings terminated forward Mike Richards’ contract following charges involving felony possession of a controlled substance, which led to the NHLPA filing a grievance on his behalf. Eventually, the team and player reached a settlement, which was the Kings paying 60 percent of Richards’ remaining contract for the next 17 years.

However, the Sharks’ case for voiding Kane’s contract is not as strong as the Kings’ with Richards, and the NHL and NHLPA likely would not support a settlement. As Peng points out, a 30 Thoughts column from the time sees Elliotte Friedman point out that other teams where unhappy with the Richards settlement, making it an unlikely candidate to be used as precedent for Kane’s case.

Peng says that he wouldn’t completely rule this option out, but he considers it highly unlikely. So it looks like the Sharks will have to keep brainstorming their next move.

News & Notes

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