Forward Evander Kane, as expected, cleared waivers on Monday and was set to be assigned to the Barracuda, the first step in what the forward hopes will be an eventual return to the NHL.

Kane is expected to join the Barracuda for its practice at Sharks Ice on Tuesday morning and he will remain with the team for an indefinite period. Kane’s 21-game suspension for violating the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol officially ended after the Sharks’ game on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, a 2-0 San Jose win.

Instead of paying Kane to stay home after his suspension ended, the Sharks opted to assign Kane to the AHL to help try and increase his value on the trade market.

The Sharks’ road trip continues Tuesday with a game against the New Jersey Devils.