As the San Jose Sharks look to end their two-year playoff drought in the upcoming 2021-22 season, the organization will also have to decide what to do about Evander kane—The team’s top scorer last season. And the decision will almost certainly have a huge impact on the club going forward.
Aside from the off-ice noise (i.e. bankruptcy scandal) surrounding the Vancouverite, Kane has built a reputation in the league as someone who creates division in the locker room. The last thing sharks need is for any member of the team to create an environment that makes success more difficult than it already is. With that in mind, I think it’s important to consider why the Sharks moving Kane out of San Jose is the best decision.
Team unity more important than individual performance
It should go without saying, but it’s always best to build a team that gets along well. It doesn’t matter how good a player is. If a given player creates a division and fuels the flames of an already tense situation, there is no good reason to keep them in line. Hockey is a team game.
NHL players already have their hands full, with a grueling 82-game (regular) season, balancing work and family, and any ancillary situation that arises in their lives. The last thing a player needs is to show up to the locker room, only to be faced with negativity.
This is simply not the recipe for success.