Ramblings: Sharks Terminating Kane Contract, Pastrnak Breaks Slump, Avalanche Goaltending (Jan 9)

Ian Gooding

2022-01-09

The Sharks have placed Evander Kane on unconditional waivers to terminate his deal, although Kane is expected to file a grievance through the NHLPA. The last straw for Kane is reportedly for violating the AHL's COVID protocols, when Kane travelled to Vancouver while he was COVID positive. If his contract is terminated, Kane will lose out on $22.885 million, so the combination of his actions has resulted in a very expensive mistake.

According to CapFriendly, Kane can sign with another club once his contract is terminated, and he can even play in the playoffs if he signs prior to March 21. Kane is dealing with some very serious issues, so teams may not immediately want to roll the dice. Having said that, Kane has the kind of high-end skill that teams covet, even if it is common knowledge that he is not a positive influence on his team. I don't think his NHL career is necessarily over if you use the example of Tony DeAngelo as a benchmark. Kane has posted solid AHL numbers (8 PTS in 5 GP), so at least the hockey ability is still there even if the off-ice decision making and accountability isn't.

With his goal on Saturday, Denis Gurianov has scored goals in back-to-back games and has six points over his last three games. Linemates Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin aren't exactly setting the world on fire, and Gurianov is prone to some cold stretches himself. Gurianov's icetime has been in the 16-18-minute range over the past two games, higher than his average of 13 minutes and change this season.

Jason Robertson recorded assists on all three Dallas goals on Saturday. He's currently riding a six-game point streak with nine points over that span. Robertson also has a 10-game home point streak, which is something to remember for fut