Kane (shoulder) inked a seven-year contract extension with the Sharks worth $49 million Tuesday, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports. This deal is on pace with market value, but it is a large monetary sum for a player that has averaged less than 40 points per season during his nine-year career, even if that's more reflective of his inability to stay healthy than anything else. The 2009 first-round pick spent his first eight seasons with rebuilding franchises that lacked playmakers, and his first taste of the postseason came this campaign. San Jose appeared to be the right fit. Kane managed 13 goals and six assists in 26 games with the Sharks, including the playoffs. The physical winger felt comfortable firing oodles of shots on net as well, ripping the puck 115 times to finish his Sharks stint with an 11.3 shooting percentage -- the best of his career. Signing Kane to an extension means the Sharks will send the Sabres a 2019 first-round pick, and it may make it more difficult to pen another deal for veteran center Joe Thornton.
Kane said after the Game 6 series loss to the Golden Knights that he'd sustained a separated shoulder and MCL injury, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports. There's no reason not to believe that Kane had been playing hurt given how hockey players tend to tough out serious injuries with the Stanley Cup on the line, but Kane only missed one playoff contest -- Game 2 against Vegas -- and that was due to a suspension. Still, we'll have to see if any of the injuries he played through will require surgery. The agitating winger accumulated 54 regular-season points between the Sabres and Sharks this season, but after hanging three goals and a helper on the Ducks in the conference quarterfinals, Kane only had one goal representing his point total against Vegas in the conference semifinals. He'll be able to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
After missing Game 2 following a Game 1 ejection, Kane stepped up with a goal in his return, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss in overtime to Vegas in Game 3 on Monday. Kane has mostly shone during his first appearance in the playoffs, averaging just under a point per game in a teal sweater. If he can keep this up, the Sharks will have a real chance to get back into this series, and fantasy owners will reap the rewards.
Kane (suspension) has served his one-game ban and will return to the lineup for Game 3 against the Golden Knights on Monday. Kane saw just 11:47 of action in Game 1 before getting tossed from the contest. As a result, the winger failed to tally a point while registering three shots, two hits and 15 PIM. Considering the Vancouver native notched four points in the Sharks' first-round sweep of Anaheim, getting him back into the lineup should provide a significant offensive boost for San Jose. Barclay Goodrow figures to head back up to the press box.
Kane received a one-game suspension for crosschecking the Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Game 1 on Thursday. This is a massive loss for the Sharks, especially in the wake of getting shut out by Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 1. Kane had three goals and one helper in four games against the Ducks in the conference quarterfinals, and he fired 21 shots on net in that span as well. The 26-year-old winger's physical presence can't be mistaken, either, as Kane averaged two hits per contest in the regular season and postseason thus far. Expect Jannik Hansen or Joel Ward to enter the lineup in his place.
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