By mutual agreement with the Sharks, Kane, whose two cases are being investigated by the NHL, stayed away from the team throughout the training camp.
One of the league’s inquiries focuses on the possible use of a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, and the other includes allegations of physical and sexual abuse filed in court last month by his wife. Kane, through his lawyer, never refused to abuse Anna Kane or his daughter. No criminal case has been registered against Shark Forward.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said last week that there was no timeline for the investigation to end.
Asked on Sunday about Kane’s status and whether he would be on the Sharks’ list to start the year, coach Bob Bogner said he did not know what the team’s plans were. The rosters are officially on Monday at 2 p.m. (PT), but may be changed as the season begins.
“I don’t have any information for you, I don’t really know,” Bogner said Sunday before the team held an in-house skills competition for fans at the SAP Center. “I will not comment because I do not know.”
The sharks’ roster now stands at 27 players, following the approval of a waiver by Dylan Gambrell and the assignment of AHL’s Barracuda. The Sharks now have 17 forwards, including Kane, eight defenders, and Goliath Eden Hill and James Reimer.
Bogner indicated on Sunday that defender Nikolai Knizov (lower body injury) would start the year on the injured reserve, as the team wants to be careful with his recovery. The Sharks start Saturday at home against Winpig Jets and then embark on a five-game, eight-day road trip on October 18.
Knyzhov still has to skate in practice with the team. Bogner said he has been skating on his own in recent days but has been living from week to week. His absence opened the door for Shanters Hastika and Jack Middleton to get the shark out of the roster camp.
“We are hoping that if he continues to move on, he may join us on the road trip and continue his recovery with us on the road by jumping in some ways.” “But honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he missed the road trip.”
Buffner said forward Jeffrey Valle could start the year at the start of the year, but his status is increasing day by day. Weil has not played since October 4 when he was injured in a fight with Anaheim’s Sam Carrick.
Forward Alexander Barabanov is also not completely healthy, as he sometimes suffered lower body injuries throughout the camp. He and the shark have some extra time to heal as they take a holiday on Monday and Tuesday before they resume practice on Wednesday. The Sharks will be the last NHL team to play a regular season game.
Bogner said Barabanov is day by day, for now, but “we’ll have to wait and see how he feels on Wednesday because Wednesday will be a very tough exercise.”