Sharks' Evander Kane clears waivers, return to game action still uncertain

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane cleared waivers on Monday, with the expectation now being that he will report to the organization's AHL team, the San Jose Baracudas, though it is uncertain when he will be ready to play.

The Sharks announced Kane had been placed on waivers Sunday, just before his 21-game suspension for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card ended. He was eligible to play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

Assistant general manager Joe Will, who is filling in as general manager while regular GM Doug Wilson is on medical leave, said putting Kane on waivers gives the team flexibility before determining what they want to do with Kane going forward.

Will said Kane is now fully vaccinated.

Kane, 30, is three seasons into a $49 million, seven-year contract. He's with his third organization after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta/Winnipeg, and a stint in Buffalo.

Last season, he had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.

-- With files from the Associated Press.

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