Something we can be relatively sure about regarding the Evander Kane news is that the organization is probably not all that thrilled with the timing of it. While the COVID-19 protocols will keep the Bell Centre visitor’s dressing room closed to what will surely be an ample media throng, it’s still going to be a zoo in the hallway there on Tuesday morning, and then again later this week when the Sharks travel to Ottawa and Toronto.

Coach Bob Boughner, captain Logan Couture and whoever else is requested will probably be forced to answer at least half a dozen questions each on what Kane’s loss means to the team, whether he was a problem last season and how they’re going to handle his absence — whether that’s for 21 games or longer.

Spoiler alert: They’re unlikely to say anything all that juicy. The local reporters have asked all these questions already, both before and after it became evident that Kane was not going to be a part of the team for at least the first part of the season. The bottom line is the Sharks as a group have mentally moved on from Kane already. Heck, there are five rookies on the team that probably haven’t even met him, or at least haven’t spent any significant time around him.

That’s why it’s difficult to imagine Kane is going to come back into the dressing room at all this season, especially if the Sharks start stringing together some wins. It’s crystal clear in the players’ answers and in their voices that they’re not even thinking about Kane. He hasn’t been a part of what Boughner termed a physically demanding training camp, wasn’t there at the fancy CordeValle golf club when general manager Doug Wilson announced the opening night roster to the players and their significant others, and he was nowhere to be found on Saturday when the Sharks kicked off their season with an electrifying and emotional 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in front of a sellout crowd.

“We’re focused on the task at hand, and we’re worried about the 23 guys we have on our roster,” Boughner said after the win when asked how the team is going to get by without its leading scorer from last season. “So, we’ve got to get the best out of those 23 guys, and that’s the way we’re approaching it.”

Boughner and the Sharks players have all been saying some variation of that quote for several weeks now. That’s likely to continue until there is more actual news about Kane’s potential return.