The team were attempting to trade Kane earlier this summer, a source said, confirming a Daily Faceoff report. Much of the reason the team struck a deal was Kane’s strained relationship with several of his teammates, according to multiple sources.
Kane, who has just had one of the best seasons of his career, is under investigation by the NHL after his wife accused him of betting on hockey in an Instagram post on Saturday. Kane denies the allegations and says he’s anxious to “fully cooperate with the league’s investigation” into the case.
“Unfortunately, I would like to respond to the completely FALSE accusations that my ex-wife and future ex-wife have leveled against me,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Even against the advice of my legal team, I am confident the public and fans are hearing this directly from me. I have NEVER played / bet on hockey, NEVER played / bet on a Sharks game, NEVER played / bet on any of my games and have NEVER pitched a hockey game. “
Kane, 29, has 22 goals and 49 points in 56 games in 2020-21, his 12th in the NHL and his fourth in San Jose. He has four years left on a seven-year, $ 49 million contract.
It has been a tumultuous year for the forward, who filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January, listing debts of $ 26.8 million and assets of $ 10.2 million. According to the Chapter 7 petition, he lost $ 1.5 million gambling in the previous 12 months.
In a March filing, Kane said he was in consultation for his gambling problem.
“As far as my gambling is concerned, this has been a problem in my past and it would be inaccurate to claim that it has not had a negative effect on my life, financially and otherwise,” he wrote in one. declaration attached to the March file. “I have undergone and continue to receive personal therapy to deal with this and other issues and I hope the issue is behind me. “
In May he said Athleticism that the bankruptcy going public was a “burden on my back”.
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