The ongoing sexual assault investigation by Hamburg, N.Y., police involving Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane is raising questions in the Chicago media about his future with the team. Kane has yet to be charged, but uncertainty over his status has some pundits suggesting the Blackhawks might part ways with the troubled 26-year-old star.
If the investigation is still ongoing when the season opens in October, Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald reports it casts uncertainty over his availability for the upcoming season. It will definitely be an unwelcome distraction for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Rozner also wonders if the Blackhawks brass wants Kane back, pointing out they issued the winger a strict warning in 2012 regarding several alcohol-related off-ice incidents. He suggests trading Kane could be among their options, speculating they probably already received inquiries from some rival clubs about his trade status. Read more
There is still no resolution Patrick Kane’s current legal situation, but regardless of the outcome, the Chicago Blackhawks may have some potential trade partners should they be looking to ship out the 26-year-old right winger.
According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, a league source told him, “at least five teams contacted the (Blackhawks) once the Buffalo News first reported the investigation.”
The investigation involves an alleged incident between Kane and a woman at his Hamburg, N.Y., home and has been one of the biggest stories of the off-season. Kane has not been charged with a crime and the investigation is still ongoing. Read more
If you’re Steve Yzerman, you should have had Steven Stamkos signed to an eight-year contract extension more than a month ago. Same goes for Dean Lombardi and his dealings with Anze Kopitar. It’s simple really. These guys are franchise players. Sign them at the going rate for the maximum number of years and get rid of the distraction.
After all, that’s what Stan Bowman did last summer and he killed two potential headaches with one Aspirin. Faced with a similar situation with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks GM needed exactly eight days to get his two stars signed to identical eight-year deals worth $84 million. Cap hits of $10.5 million per times two represented a bold move, but in reality, the Blackhawks got themselves a deal. Had Toews and Kane played out the final seasons of their contracts and gone on the open market separately, they would have cashed in even more. Read more
It seems ludicrous that there was a time when Duncan Keith refused to get a summer job. After all, it’s pretty clear he’s anything but averse to heavy lifting. But there was a time, right around when Duncan turned 15, that his father, David, thought it might be a good idea for his son to learn the value of a dollar earned.
Impossible, Duncan said. Getting a job would get in the way of training. Training for what, his father asked. Training to be an NHL player was the answer. After all, Duncan had made the proclamation in large letters on a big piece of paper when he was just seven or eight years old, “Duncan Keith will make it to the NHL,” which his parents still have framed at their home in Penticton, B.C.
By the time he was a teenager, Duncan was studying the training methods used by the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Pavel Bure.
“When he told me he had to train, I said, ‘We’ll talk about it when I get home,’ ” David said. “When I got home from work, he was running around the yard with a rope and three tires he was dragging around on the grass.” Read more
With more than 400 games under his belt and two Stanley Cup championships to his name, Daniel Carcillo may be ready to walk away from the professional game.
In an interview on WGN radio’s Kap & Haugh, Carcillo said he has been considering moving on from the game. Currently an unrestricted free agent following a one-year, $555,000 contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, Carcillo, 30, isn’t sure what the future will hold.
“This year has kind of been a little bit different,” Carcillo said. “I’ve prepared myself the past two or three years to kind of do some different things. I’ve always had the vision of leaving the game on my own terms, so, not necessarily that I’m going to do that, but it’s definitely in the forefront of my mind these days.” Read more
The Chicago Blackhawks have announced Ron ‘Chico’ Maki passed away Monday at age 76 while at his home in Port Dover, Ont.
With Maki’s passing, the Blackhawks family has lost one of the longest tenured players in the franchise’s history. Over his 15-year career, Maki suited up for 841 NHL games — all with Chicago. Only eight players in the history of the franchise have represented the Blackhawks in more games than Maki, and he is one of fewer than one dozen players to play 14 years in the Chicago organization.
Over his career with the then-Black Hawks, Maki was selected to the NHL all-star team three times and registered 143 goals and 435 points. While in Chicago, Maki played alongside Hall of Famers Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Pierre Pilote. Read more
As Antoine Vermette made his way through the mass of humanity in the cramped visitor’s dressing room at Amalie Arena after Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, he was unfailingly polite.
“Sorry for the sweat,” he said as he brushed up against people on his way to the door. “I probably stink, too. But I guess that’s a good thing at this time of the year.”
There were games during the playoffs when Vermette didn’t stink at all. That’s because he was likely wearing expensive cologne under his designer suit while sitting in the press box. Check that. He kind of did stink, which was why he was in the press box wearing the expensive cologne under his designer suit in the first place. Read more
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