Sharks Offseason: Kane Accused, Jones Bought Out, Reimer Returns

Evander Kane (7) seen here skating against the Arizona Coyotes on March 26, 2021 has said his wife’s accusations that he bet on hockey are false. The NHL taking the charges serious are investigating to see if there is any proof that Kane did bet on hockey. (AP file photo)

By Mary Walsh

San Jose Sharks forward, Evander Kane, has been accused by his wife of betting on hockey games, including those he played in. She made the accusations by way of her Instagram account. Last Saturday, the NHL released a statement saying that they would investigate the charges. They said, in part: “The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously. We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”

The Sharks also responded to the charges, saying that they were in contact with the NHL about the allegations, and that they “support a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.”

Kane released his own statement denying the charges:

“Unfortunately, I would like to address the completely FALSE accusations that my estranged wife and soon to be ex wife has made against me. Even against the advice of my legal team I feel strongly that the public and fans hear this directly from me. I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER GAMBLED/BET on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game. The facts are I personally had my best season of my career last year and was the most consistent I’ve been throughout any season, I’m proud of that. I love the game of Hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to cooperating with the league’s investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to this upcoming season.”

Earlier in 2021, Kane publicly acknowledged that he had a serious gambling problem, and he filed for bankruptcy. The filing triggered a number of law suits from creditors. Despite those numerous investigations into his financial situation, this is the first time we have heard anyone seriously charge that he was betting on his own games.

In other offseason news from the Sharks, the team bought out goaltender Martin Jones’s contract. Jones quickly signed a one year dealwith the Philadelphia Flyers.

On July 28, the Sharks signed veteran goaltender James Reimer to a two-year contract. Reimer played 22 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, posting a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage. Reimer was with the Sharks in 2016 for their trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Earlier in the month, San Jose acquired goaltender Adin Hill from Arizona, along with a 2022 seventh-round pick, in exchange for Josef Korenar and a 2022 second-round pick.

The Sharks also added center Nick Bonino on a two-year contract and center Andrew Cogliano on a one-year deal.

On July 26, the Sharks traded defenseman Christian Jaros to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Nicholas Merkley. Merkley signed a one-year, two way contract on July 28.

Forward Alexander True was the Shark selected by the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Canadiens backs to the wall down 3-0; Lightning win game 3, 6-3

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price puts a stop on the shot from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton and Anthony Cirelli in the first period of the Stanley Cup Finals game 3 at the Belle Centre in Montreal (AP News photo vid Canadian Press)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman in his post game interview on Friday night said of the Lightning’s 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens not so fast as Tampa Bay is now up 3-0 he said what happened in the bubble winning it all last year was great but saying “were not there yet”

#2 The Lightning wasted no time scoring twice in each of the early parts of the first and second periods

#3 The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson who moved up to the second line from the fourth line after Alex Killorn was out with an injury scored twice for the second time in the Finals.

#4 Hedman and Nikita Kurcherov both scored a goal and an assist and Jan Rutta and Blake Coleman both had empty netters and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots talk about team work.

#5 Game 4 is set for Monday night at the Belle Centre and the Canadiens will no doubt be working hard on a few things during their morning skates between now and then what are some of the thing they need to improve on to win game 4 and avoid a sweep in the Finals.

Matt Harrington did the NHL podcasts throughout the 2020-21 season and will be back in September to bring you more of the NHL podcasts at

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa: Coleman and Vasilevskiy key in Lightning win 3-1; Bolts go up 2-0 vs. Habs

Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) gets congratulations after scoring a second period goal by center Anthony Cirelli (71) and right wing Barclay Goodrow (19), behind Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31), in game 2 on Wed Jun 30, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens to start off game 2 of the Finals hung with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 0-0 first period to start the game off.

#2 The Lightning’s Blake Coleman scored an amazing diving goal with one arm as the time ran off the clock it goes to show you how potent this team is.

#3 The Lightning’s goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 42 shots which marks a career high and allowed only one goal. With Vasilevskiy playing like this it will be almost impossible to beat him to get one past him.

#4 What was so ironic about the contest the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 43-23 and actually dominated some of the play against the Lightning but it was finding the back of the net that costed the Habs now down 2-0 going back to Montreal.

#5 Game 3 on Friday night in Montreal the Lightning have the hot hand and momentum they have a loaded line up on offense with players like Anthony Cirelli, Barclay Goodrow, Ondrej Palat, and Nikita Kucherov. Do the Canadiens even have a chance on home ice against the Lighting?

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Canadiens need to worry about Point, Palat, and Kucherov on potent Bolts offense in game 2 tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) goes down and forward to make a save against the Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Mon Jun 28, 2021 at Tampa Bay (AP News photo

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Marko:

#1 Len the Tampa Bay Lightning put on a goal scoring clinic on Monday night with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens frankly it was just a lopsided event to start the finals.

#2 The Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov led with two goals and Kucherov has now added to his seven goals and 23 points in the post season and been a big contributor for the Bolts offense.

#3 Marko, the Canadiens have had some great series in the post season a come back series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 in round two. The Lightning however displayed what kind of team they are a take over and control team do you see Tampa Bay being a little too much for the Habs in the Finals?

#4 For Canadien goaltender Carey Price a rough evening on Monday facing 27 shots but allowing five goals as great as Price has been in this post season the Lightning just laser beamed shots past Price all night.

#5 Game 2 tonight in Tampa Bay, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov are the Lightning’s top three sharp shooters do you agree if the Canadiens can shut them down they can shut the Lightning down and have a chance to even the series?

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Habs and Bolts drop the puck Monday night in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Lightning pose for a post game photo with the Prince of Wales Trophy for winning the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Islanders in game 7 on Fri Jun 25, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt, let’s take you through the game sevens before we talk about the big match up on Monday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. The Lightning coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the New York Islanders in game 6 with the series tied got a narrow win over the Isles 1-0 on Friday night.

#2 Tampa Bay goaltender Andre Vasilevskiy stopped all 18 shots by the Islanders for the shutout 1-0. The shutout marked his fourth shutout in these playoffs.

#3 The Lightning are starting to look like a dynasty of sorts this is their second straight trip to the finals in two seasons and you can just look at the job they did not only in the regular season but post season that this is a team on a mission.

#4 The Lightning will be hosting the first game of the Finals on Monday night against the visiting the Montreal Canadiens tell us about some of the players to look for on both sides.

#5 The goaltenders for this series is brining lots a thrills into these finals for the Canadiens Carey Price he’s been key to saving a lot of games for the Habs especially during the Vegas Golden Knights series and for the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andre Vasilevskiy.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa: Canadiens could wrap up series with Knights in Montreal tonight

Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) scrambles to reach the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Tue Jun 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 After taking a tough loss on Sunday in Las Vegas to the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 to even the series 2-2 the Montreal Canadiens rebounded on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-1 win over the Knights to take a 3-2 series lead and taking the series back to Montreal giving the Canadiens home ice tonight.

#2 The Habs on Tuesday night executed a successful offensive plan against the Knights at the T Mobile Center on the Las Vegas strip with a goal in the first period, scoring twice in the second period unanswered making it 3-0 after two periods getting the Canadiens off to a quick start.

#3 Scorers in game five for the Canadiens in the first period at 8:45 Jesperi Kotkaniemi, second period Eric Staal scored his second goal of the playoffs at 6:32 and Cole Caufield at 9:49 scored his third goal of the playoffs for the Habs quick 3-0 lead. Mary Lisa talk about the contribution of these players they really kept the Canadiens in it in this tight series.

#4 Mary Lisa, talk about the job that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has done between the pipes he certainly kept the Knights out of this one allowing one goal and stopping 26 shots on Tuesday and the Canadiens will be dependent on his performance in game 6 in Montreal if their going to get by the Knights.

#5 Game 6 is the big one for the Knights its win big or go home their going to need some offense from their top skaters that they lacked in game 5 and for goaltender Marc Andre Fluery to keep busy between the pipes in Vegas and the Canadiens will look to their some of their top scorers Josh Anderson, Nick Suzuki, and Tyler Toffoli and goalie Carey Price just to set up tonight’s game for you.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Lightning just one game from making NHL Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning center Barclay Goodrow (19) takes control of the puck against the New York Islanders left wing Otto Koivula (21) during game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals in Tampa Bay on Mon Jun 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cups Finals podcast:

#1 Marko the Tampa Bay Lightning just dominated the New York Islanders 8-0 in game five to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.

#2 The Lightning’s Steve Stamkos scored twice and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy threw a shutout on Monday night and stopped all 21 shots.

#3 For Vasilevskiy this is third shutout in the playoffs and there is little doubt he’s got the hottest hand of the goalies in the playoffs.

#4 Marko, what would you say lent to the Islanders just completely getting dominated in game five a shutout and the Bolts just lighting the lamp all night?

#5 Game six is tonight at the Nassau Coliseum the Isles have home ice and there is little doubt that they’ll play this one like their lives depend on it hoping to come away with tying the series. For the Lightning if they have any of that same momentum they had on Monday night they could put this one away and move onto the finals tonight.

Marko filled in for Len Shapiro for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast heard with Len Wednesdays at

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt Harrington: Isles get the Point as Bolts up 2-1 in series; No Joshing Habs Anderson nets OT winner for 3-2 win

The Montreal Canadiens Josh Anderson (17) puts away the game winner against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc Andre Fluery in overtime at the Belle Centre in Montreal on Fri Jun 18, 2021 in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Canadian Press photo via AP)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:

#1 Taking a look at the two playoffs series taking place in game three on Thursday night the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 2-1 series lead over the New York Islanders at Uniondale thanks to a the Bolts Brayden Point tie breaking goal in the second period.

#2 Point been a crucial part of the Lightning’s success this season and as great as the Islanders were playing some great defense Point is so skilled to find the back end of the net and make it stand up.

#3 Matt, talk about the job that Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy did he stopped 27 shots in game three and he’ll be crucial tonight as the Islanders will be out for blood to try and tie this series up.

#4 Game three was played in Montreal at the Belle Centre on Friday night and Canadiens head coach Dominque Ducharme was out with a positive Covid and was isolated from the rest of the team. How much of an impact does this have an a playoff contending team to have their coach out like this under these circumstances?

#5 Matt big goal for the Canadiens coming in overtime as Josh Anderson scored at 12:53 in the overtime stanza neither team was caving in with home ice the Canadiens didn’t want to fall one game behind the Vegas Golden Knights but now go up 2-1 in the 3-2 win.

#6 Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 43 out of 45 shots just enough to hold off the Knights and the Knights Marc Andre Fluery stopped 27 shots allowed three goals.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa: Habs squeak by to even series with Knights with 3-2 win

The Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Alec Martinez (23) tries to put one on net but Montreal Canadien goalie Carey Price (31) is in front of the net to deflect the shot in the second period of game 2 at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas Wed Jun 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens opened game 2 with three straight unanswered goals that stood up as the Vegas Golden Knights could only answer back with two goals for a 3-2 win to tie the series 1-1.

#2 Mary Lisa how important is it for the Canadiens to strike early with two quick goals in the first period to grab the early game lead.

#3 One the goals that was scored was from Tyler Tiffoli who has been a difference maker in these playoffs for the Canadiens he scored the Habs first goal of the game.

#4 Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 29 shots faced 31 and allowed two goals. The Knights scored one in the second period and one in the third but just couldn’t pull off a third goal on home ice to tie it up.

#5 Game 3 moves to Montreal on Friday night at the Belle Centre with the series tied at 1-1 the Canadiens have had a lot of luck at home how important is home ice for the Habs going into game 3 against a team like the Knights?

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Isles-Bolts open up Sunday and Habs-Knights puck drop Monday night

Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders second from right gets congratulated after scoring in the second period of game 6 against the Boston Bruins on Wed Jun 9, 2021 at Boston (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Knights in the series had some one goal games and a four goal win they are very thankful for their goalie Marc Andre Fluery.

#2 The Knights are up next against the Montreal Canadiens how do you see Fluery matched up against the Canadiens in this series coming up.

#3 Matt, talk about the Canadiens Tyler Toffoli and the job he has done in post season one of the key reasons why the Habs are where they are.

#4 The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders face off for game 1 Sunday in Tampa Bay. The Lightning are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Isles are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Boston Bruins talk about how you see this series?

#5 Matt talk about the Lightning top scorers for the 2020-21 regular season numbers, Brayden Point with 48 points and Ondrej Palat with 46 points and the Islanders top scorers Matthew Barzal with 45 points and Josh Bailey with 35 points.

Matt Harrington does the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast at on Saturdays