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- Evan Bouchard and four other Oilers are admitted to the NHL protocol
- Eric Radford and Vanessa James withdraw from the figure skating nationals
- Grizzlies’ Jenkins becomes 14th NBA head coach to enter protocol
San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been placed on unconditional waivers by the San Jose Sharks in order to end his remaining seven-year contract worth $49 million.
The Sharks announced Saturday that they made the move because Kane had broken COVID-19 protocols in American Hockey League. Kane is currently playing for San Jose Barracuda. The Sharks said they would not comment further.
Kane will lose $22.9 million from the contract he signed back in May 2018. Kane’s agent was not available for comment.
We are aware of the San Jose Sharks’ stated intent to terminate Evander Kane’s contract. The NHLPA plans to file a grievance in opposition to any such action.
This move brings an end to months of uncertainty about Kane’s status as a Sharks player. Kane was accused of playing gambling and losing the games he placed bets on. He also faced allegations that he had been subject to sexual and physical abuse by his ex-wife Anna during the summer.
The NHL investigated, but found no evidence. Kane was then suspended for 21 games by the NHL for having submitted a false COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
The Sharks lifted the suspension at the end November and placed Kane on waivers. They also sent Kane to the AHL when Kane was not claimed.
Kane scored eight points in five Barracuda games before Kane was placed in the AHL COVID-19 protocols Dec. 22.
Kane, a 30-year-old, had 22 goals as well as 22 assists in 56 games last year for the Sharks. Kane has also played for the Atlanta/Winnipeg and Buffalo franchises since Kane was drafted fourth overall by the Thrashers in 2009.
Kane has scored 264 goals and 242 assists during 769 NHL regular season games.
Five new players are added to the protocol by the Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers added five players to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
According to an Oilers news release, forwards Kailer Yamamoto (forward) and Brendan Perlini (goalie Ilya Konovalov (defenseman), Evan Bouchard and Slater Koekkoek) were added to the roster.
Three other Edmonton players, Tyson Barrie, Connor McDavid and Derek Ryan were also in protocol.
The team also announced that six members of their support staff, who were not identified, were added to the list on Saturday.
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Nationals are won by Radford and James, figure skaters
Eric Radford and Vanessa James resigned from the Canadian figure skate championships’ pairs competition before Saturday’s free program in Ottawa.
Radford and James were fourth in Friday’s short program. After spending 10 days in quarantine, both skaters contracted COVID-19 during the Christmas holidays. They only returned to skating earlier this week after being diagnosed.
Radford, who is a former world champion together with Meagan Duhamel, came out of retirement age 36 to compete against James, a Toronto native who had previously skated for France.
They shared earlier this week that they thought that if they felt too weak to compete, they would be able to appeal to Canada to be part of the team based upon their season results.
Radford described the pandemic as an “invisible minefield” that athletes face during a stressful time.
Protocol is home to nearly half the NBA’s head coaches
Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins went into the NBA’s health and safety protocols Saturday morning.
Jenkins is the 14th head coaching position in the league of 30 teams that has been unable to play in recent weeks due to a virus. This number does not include assistant coaches or other staff members, and it doesn’t include about 300 players.
The following head coaches have completed protocols stints this season: Indiana’s Rick Carlisle and Sacramento’s Alvin Gentry. Phoenix’s Monty Williams, Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyronn Lue, Denver’s Michael Malone, Denver’s Michael Malone, Portland’s Chauncey Billups. Chicago’s Billy Donovan. Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer. Atlanta’s Nate McMillan. Dallas’ Jason Kidd. Oklahoma City’s Mark Daigneault.