Though there had been some previous reporting that Evander Kane could face up to a ten-game suspension, it won’t be quite as long of a ban for the San Jose Sharks forward. Kane has been issued a three-game suspension under Rule 40.4 for Physical Abuse of Officials.
The incident occurred in the third period of a preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights, after Kane and Deryk Engelland were tied up along the boards. Kane ended up hitting the linesman with an errant slash, and pushed him away after the two had tumbled to the ice. While the contact was not viscous or intended to injure the official, the league will still keep Kane out for the first week of the year.
Previously, we saw a similar three-game suspension handed out to Anthony DeAngelo in 2017 when he was still on the Arizona Coyotes. DeAngelo also tried to get away from a linesman, pushing him in the process. Later that season Antoine Vermette was given a ten-game ban for what was deemed a Category II violation of Rule 40, when he slashed an official’s leg.
Kane will miss the team’s season opener tomorrow night and their home opener on Friday, both coincidentally against the Golden Knights. He’ll be eligible to return after the team’s third game, scheduled for Saturday in Anaheim.