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With the NHL Players’ Association’s grievance against the Sharks – filed in January on behalf of Evander Kane – possibly remaining without a resolution until after the start of free agency, interim general manager Joe Will said he is treating the matter like a salary arbitration case.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said June 15 that the independent arbitrator overseeing the case was unavailable for the rest of the month, increasing the possibility that a decision would not be announced until after July 13 when Kane is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

The delay could also affect the Sharks’ plans in free agency, as they would not know for sure how much money they would have available to spend to sign new players. The Sharks, per CapFriendly, have roughly $5.6 million in cap space available, although that number can fluctuate.

The Sharks also have a handful of restricted free agents still to sign, including goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, defenseman Mario Ferraro and forward Noah Gregor.

“I look at it like salary arbitration,” Will said. “Salary arbitration is a process that happens after free agency, and quite often, you just have to plan for an outcome you can’t predict.

“We’ve been through it before. So you have to be cautious in all areas because there are various outcomes in this decision. It’s unprecedented in the National Hockey League, with a situation like this.”

Believing Kane breached his contract and violated AHL COVID-19 protocols while he was in the AHL, the Sharks in January terminated what was left of the seven-year, $49 million deal the two sides agreed to in May 2018.

If it is determined the Sharks had sufficient cause to terminate the deal, then the team is free and clear of their financial obligation to Kane, roughly $22.9 million.

However, if the arbitrator rules that the Sharks did not have sufficient grounds, the team could still be on the hook for all or some of the money that Kane was still owed. Kane’s deal carried an annual cap hit of $7 million.

It is possible that the NHLPA, Kane, and the Sharks reach a settlement before the arbitrator’s decision is final. That would give the Sharks some certainty as to how much of Kane’s salary they would have to retain as part of their cap ledger, and Kane would get money back that was originally owed to him.

“Anything that comes down with this, although there may be a possibility to be done before free agency, we have to plan like the grievance process is all going to be after and plan accordingly,” Will said.

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Local News | Cinequest is taking advantage of summer in San Jose

Cinequest is back in person for the first time since March 2020, but the first-ever summer version of the Silicon Valley film festival won’t be a shot-by-shot remake of past fests. In movie terms, this is more like a soft reboot.

The festival, which opens Aug. 16 and runs through Aug. 29, will still have the majestic California Theatre in downtown San Jose as its signature location, along with the Hammer Theatre Center and 3Below Theaters. And it will still be a boon for lovers of independent movies, with more than 130 world and U.S. premieres being screened.

But the nightly VIP happy hours — where passholders and filmmakers could mingle, fueled by wine and Tito’s vodka — aren’t happening this time around. Instead, they’ve been replaced by a wine and beer garden at the Unzipped Pavilion, the mind-bending modular structure constructed in the parking lot of the Valley Title building across from the California Theater on South First Street. That venue will be open to everyone, even non-ticketholders, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the run in downtown San Jose (except Aug. 18).

“This is just a great way for youthful audiences to get together in a relaxed atmosphere in the summer,” said Halfdan Hussey, Cinequest’s co-founder and festival director.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 8: Halfdan Hussey, festival director of Cinequest, and Matt Parent, director of tech, sit for a portrait at the California Theater in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group) 

The downtown restaurants and bars that hosted the VIP events for previous years have really been hurt by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Hussey said, and the festival didn’t want to put any financial strain on them right now. Instead, he hopes Cinequest attendees hit those spots on their own for dinner and conversation — even on Aug. 16 when there will be no opening night party following the screening of “Linoleum,” with Maverick Spirit Award recipient Jim Gaffigan.

Even the movie programming will be a little brighter than in the March version, with more of an emphasis on comedies and quirky dramas. “Because we’re coming out of the pandemic, the vibe to me should be fun, fresh and joyous. That’s what we want to bring people,” Hussey said. “We really wanted to have a lot of comedies and uplifting films, and we didn’t know what films would get made coming out the pandemic. But people sat back and said, ‘Let’s have some laughs.’ This has been really encouraging.”

Some things are picking up directly from 2020, including an opening night video tribute for lead sponsors T.J. Rodgers and Valeta Rodgers. Co-founder Kathleen Powell said that without the continued support of both the Rodgers’ and the city of San Jose, returning to an in-person festival this year wouldn’t have been possible.

But the biggest twist comes at the end, as Cinequest’s last five days — Aug. 25-29 — will move over at the Pruneyard Cinemas in Campbell, creating almost a second festival with 80 screenings at the dine-in movie theater. The festival schedule, along with tickets and passes, is available at www.cinequest.org.

COOL CATS: A big crowd came out Wednesday night to see the Brubeck Brothers quartet play the penultimate concert for Jazz on the Plazz in Los Gatos. The free concert series wraps up with Tony Lindsay and the Soul Soldiers on Aug. 17, and then Jamie Davis will be the headliner for the Los Gatos Music and Arts Gala on Sept. 18, presented by Linda L. Lester and held at the beautiful La Estancia, the Los Gatos home of David Stonesifer and Larry Arzie. You can get more information at www.jazzontheplazz.com.

And if you missed the Brubeck Brothers, you can catch Chris and Dan Brubeck — sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck — perform at San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest on Saturday at 5 p.m. Go to www.sanjosejazz.org for ticket information.

ART AND ABOUT: The Triton Museum in Santa Clara got a huge response to this year’s Salon at the Triton: 2D Art Competition, with more than 1,400 entries. You can see which 100 works were judged to be the best at the exhibition, which opens Aug. 13 and has an opening reception Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. It’s also the last week to check out the Dana Harris Seeger exhibition, “The Myth of Memory,” before it closes Aug. 21.

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