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The San Jose Sharks have reached a settlement in their contract termination grievance with former winger Evander Kane, the team announced Friday.

“The San Jose Sharks have reached an agreement with Evander Kane regarding the termination of his NHL Standard Player Contract,” the club said in a statement. “The agreement has been approved by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association. We are satisfied that its terms will not adversely impact the team, either financially or competitively, in this or future seasons.”

The Sharks placed Kane on waivers last season to terminate his contract after breaching AHL COVID-19 protocols in December. Kane was also suspended 21 games in October for violating the NHL’s COVID guidelines.

The NHLPA quickly filed a grievance on Kane’s behalf, stating the Sharks didn’t have sufficient cause to justify the end of the agreement, which was signed in 2018.

Kane had three years remaining on his old deal with San Jose and was owed $19 million. He joined the Edmonton Oilers on a one-year pact to finish out the 2021-22 season after he was waived. Kane re-upped with Edmonton this summer, inking a four-year, $20.5 million deal.

The grievance settlement will address the difference in pay between Kane’s terminated Sharks contract and his new Oilers pact over the next three seasons, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

San Jose will receive a one-time, retroactive cap penalty applied to last season’s total, according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli. It’s the first retroactive contract termination of its kind, per CapFriendly.

Kane is set to begin his 14th NHL season in October.

The San Jose Sharks revealed a new set of home and away uniforms on Wednesday.

The biggest change is the usage of teal pants and helmets for the home outfits. Previously, the Sharks have always worn black pants and helmets with their dark uniforms.

Also changing is the re-addition of a bottom stripe and the removal of any orange trim (outside of the stick in the logo).

The club is also using a modernized shark fin logo for the shoulder patches, similar to what the franchise donned on its original jerseys. Since 2007-08, San Jose’s shoulder patch logo on its primary uniforms has either been a full shark or the letters “SJ.”

Here’s a closer look at some of the details:

The Sharks started wearing their previous primary uniforms in 2013.

Erik Karlsson is committed to the San Jose Sharks, even though the franchise could be staring at a long-term rebuild.

The Sharks hired Mike Grier as general manager and David Quinn as head coach this offseason, signaling a new direction for the organization after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Former Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes as the new regime’s first big move, but Karlsson isn’t seeking a change of scenery himself.

“No, I committed here a long time ago,” the veteran defenseman told The Athletic’s Corey Masisak. “It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to early on. There’s a lot of things that probably played into that. I’m not going to get into details about that.

“But I am excited for the future here now. I hope we can move in the direction to be successful again. Is that going to be this year? I mean, who knows? But I do think something good can come out of here.”

The Sharks acquired Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators prior to the 2018-19 season when he was one of the league’s most dominant blue-liners. He collected 518 points in 627 games, capturing two Norris Trophies across nine seasons in Canada’s capital. But he hasn’t had the impact many expected of him in the Bay Area.

San Jose has only made the playoffs once since the trade, and Karlsson’s availability has been heavily limited due to injuries. The 32-year-old only played 50 games this past campaign as he required forearm surgery.

“I think the injuries that I’ve had since I got here … some of them probably could have been prevented a little bit, and some of them were just like, things happen,” Karlsson said.

“I broke my thumb when (I) blocked a shot. I mean, what are you going to do? That’s part of the game. I had some wear and tear where, if we were in a different position where you can take some time off and maybe look after it a little bit different, maybe it doesn’t get to the point where you have to have surgery. It is all circumstantial.”

Karlsson is under contract for five more seasons at an $11.5-million cap hit, which carries a full no-move clause.

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired goaltender Adin Hill from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick Monday.

Hill, 26, appeared in a career-high 25 games last season for the Sharks and authored a .906 save percentage to go with a 2.66 goals against average, two shutouts, and two assists.

He has one season remaining on a two-year pact with a cap hit of $2.175 million.

The British Columbia native will give the Golden Knights another option in the crease, as starting netminder Robin Lehner is expected to miss the entire 2022-23 season with a hip injury.

“I know we talked last week about our goaltending being Logan Thompson and Laurent Brossoit heading into the year, and it’s just an example of how quickly things can change in our business,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon said shortly after the Hill trade.

He added, “This puts another really good goalie into our organization and into the mix. It gives us a lot more comfort in terms of the position heading into the year.”

The executive said the trade happened over the course of a few phone calls with new Sharks general manager Mike Grier.

Brossoit’s status for opening night is uncertain as he continues to work his way through a hip injury.

The trade with their Pacific Division rivals puts the Golden Knights $10.2 million above the salary cap, per CapFriendly.

Meanwhile, the move frees up the Sharks’ logjam between the pipes. They can now carry on with James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen.

Selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the third round of the 2015 draft, Hill has authored a career .908 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average in 74 showings.

This is Hill’s second time being traded: The Sharks acquired him and a seventh-round pick from the Coyotes in exchange for goalie Josef Korenar and a second-round pick in 2021.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov will miss the first few months of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

General manager Mike Grier said Saturday that Knyzhov got hurt while participating in off-ice training. Knyzhov had surgery Wednesday, and the Sharks estimate it’ll take about six months to recover.

The 24-year-old Knyzhov missed all of last season with a groin injury and the Sharks were hoping to have him back healthy this year.

He played 56 games in the 2020-21 season, recording two goals and eight assists.

The San Jose Sharks will retire Patrick Marleau’s No. 12 prior to the club’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 25, the team announced Thursday.

Marleau will be the first player in franchise history to receive the honor.

“As a little boy skating on a frozen pond, my dream was to play in the NHL,” Marleau said. “Never could I have imagined the honor of my jersey hanging in the rafters above the very ice that I played so many of my NHL games on.

“I cannot begin to describe the way I feel. I am truly grateful and thankful for this recognition, but also for being able to play in front of the great San Jose Sharks fans for so long. I’ll miss doing so for the rest of my life. Thank you to the Sharks organization, my teammates throughout my career, and especially the fans for this honor of a lifetime.”

Marleau didn’t play during the 2021-22 season and officially announced his retirement in May. He finished his 23-year career as the NHL’s all-time game’s played leader (1,779) while racking up 566 goals and 631 assists.

San Jose drafted Marleau second overall in 1997. He spent 21 years with the organization and is their all-time leader in goals and points. The Saskatchewan native also registered 127 points in 195 playoff games with the Sharks, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2016.

Marleau played two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and eight games with the Pittsburgh Penguins before returning to the Bay Area for his final campaign in 2020-21.

The San Jose Sharks picked David Quinn to replace Bob Boughner as their next head coach, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reports.

Quinn, who reportedly agreed to a three-year contract, will return to an NHL bench for the first time since 2020-21. He spent three seasons as the New York Rangers’ bench boss but was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs during the pandemic-shortened campaign.

He holds a career record of 96-87-25.

Before coaching the Rangers, he spent five seasons behind the bench at Boston University. The 55-year-old posted a 105-69-21 mark, including a national championship game appearance in 2015.

Quinn also coached Team USA at the 2022 Olympics, guiding the Americans to a fifth-place finish.

Mike Vellucci of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Spencer Carbery of the Toronto Maple Leafs were the other finalists for the Sharks’ vacancy, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

San Jose enters the 2022-23 campaign with a new general manager as well. Former NHLer Mike Grier was hired earlier this month to replace Joe Will, becoming the league’s first-ever Black GM.

The Sharks have failed to make the playoffs in three straight campaigns after missing the postseason just twice between 1998-2019.

The San Jose Sharks signed forward Oskar Lindblom to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal is worth $2.5 million per season, reports TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Lindblom had the final year of his contract bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. He was owed $3 million on the deal.

The 25-year-old was drafted by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. His career was put on hold in 2019 after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a form of blood cancer – but he worked his way back into Philadelphia’s lineup and won the Masterton Trophy for dedication to the sport in 2021.

Lindblom has notched 97 points in 263 career games.

The San Jose Sharks dealt defenseman Brent Burns and forward Lane Pederson to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Steven Lorentz, goaltending prospect Eetu Makiniemi, and a conditional third-round pick in next year’s draft, the team announced Wednesday.

San Jose is retaining one-third of Burns’ $8-million cap hit in the swap. The veteran blue-liner is signed through 2024-25.

Burns played the last 11 seasons with the Sharks and was a key part of numerous playoff runs during his tenure, including their Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016.

The 37-year-old is entering his 19th season. He ranks third on San Jose’s all-time assists list, fifth in points, and seventh in goals.

Burns played the first seven years of his career with the Minnesota Wild.

Former NHL defenseman Bryan Marchment died unexpectedly Wednesday in Montreal, his agent said. He was 53.

Longtime agent Rick Curran confirmed Marchment’s death to The Associated Press. Marchment was attending the NHL draft in Montreal as a scout for the San Jose Sharks.

A cause of death was not immediately available.

“It’s a sad day for for me personally, a very sad day for our organization,” said Mike Grier, who was named Sharks general manager on Tuesday. “He meant a lot to a lot of people in our organization, our players, our staff —anyone who knew Brian, the type of man he was. He was just an honest, a down-to-earth, loving person who just cared about everyone. He had time for everyone in the building. Anyone he came across, he had time for. ”

Marchment played parts of 17 NHL seasons from 1989-2006 with Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Colorado, Toronto and Calgary. The Scarborough, Ontario native had been working in scouting and other roles for the Sharks and their American Hockey League affiliate since 2007.

The NHL and NHL Alumni Association offered their condolences in statements released Wednesday afternoon. News of Marchment’s death reached GMs while they were attending their annual meeting at the draft.

“Just shocking and devastating news,” Philadelphia’s Chuck Fletcher said. “Very young man. Obviously, you’re thinking of his family and friends right now.”

Grier played with Marchment with the Oilers and said Marchment was quick to treat him with respect and make him feel at home..

“If I ever needed anything, whether it was a home-cooked dinner instead of eating out every day, he and (wife) Kim would have me over,” Grier said. “So, it’s a very difficult day.”

Grier praised Marchment as a hard worker and said members of San Jose’s staff would carry on with their responsibilities at the draft with heavy hearts.

“I gave them some time to regroup and have some time to themselves and process and grieve,” he said. “I know ‘Mush’ — that’s what he would say. He would want us to get back to work and do our best and have the best draft possible, so we’ll get back to work. “