The case against Evander Kane stemming from a nightclub incident in June is coming to a close, and Kane, 25, will reportedly see the charges against him dismissed.
Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane found himself in legal trouble this off-season when he was charged with one count of criminal trespassing and four count of non-criminal harassment, but the case against the 25-year-old will reportedly be adjourned and dismissed.
Buffalo’s 7 Eyewitness News reported Thursday evening that an “Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal,” also referred to as an ACD, could be entered as early as Monday, which could eventually lead to the case against Kane being dropped.
According to 7 Eyewitness News, the ACD could see the case against Kane adjourned for more than six months and after a set period of time, the charges would be dismissed if Kane can display good behavior.
The charges against Kane stem from an incident at a nightclub in late June. It was alleged that Kane was involved in confrontations with four separate people, including a bouncer at a bar called Bottoms Up and a woman, who Kane allegedly grabbed by the throat and attempted to push into a car.
According to the Buffalo News, the police reports said Kane “threatened complainant and made derogatory comments to her,” and a second report alleged that another incident saw Kane grab a woman by the arms and attempt to force her out of the bar. The Buffalo News also reported a source said Kane engaged in a physical confrontation with the bouncer, and video had been captured of the altercation.
Kane voluntarily surrendered himself to police in late-July, leading to the surreal image of the Sabres sniper being handcuffed outside of the city’s Central Booking Bureau. Throughout the process, Kane has maintained his innocence and his lawyer, Paul Cambria, asserted that Kane would continue to do so.
The reportedly soon-to-be dropped charges against Kane aren’t the first time he has found himself in hot water during stay in Buffalo. Kane was previously under investigation relating to incident involving a woman in December 2015. He was cleared of any wrongdoing and no criminal charges were ever filed against Kane.
At the rink, Kane has also found himself in trouble with management and the coaching staff. Kane was suspended by the team in February for missing a practice after attending the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. Sabres GM Tim Murray also said Kane’s off-ice incidents haven’t been good for the player or organization.
“Whether he has done these things or not or he’s guilty of these things or not, it’s not something I like getting up in the morning and reading about, that’s for sure,” Murray told the Olean Times Herald’s Bill Hoppe in July. “We’re going to let the process happen. We’ll go with whatever the ruling is. Whatever the ruling is, we’re obviously going to have a sit-down (talk).”
The Bruins could be missing their top goal scorer for a game or two after David Pastrnak left his feet to deliver a high hit on Rangers blueliner Dan Girardi.
David Pastrnak, Dan Girardi and high hit. If those were the two names and one action you had to make an NHL ‘Mad Libs,’ you’d likely come out the other side with a story about how the New York Rangers defenseman had crushed the young Boston Bruins winger and was heading for a meeting with the Department of Player Safety.
But my, how wrong you’d be.
Following Wednesday’s game between the Bruins and Rangers, it’s Pastrnak who is facing a possible suspension for delivering a high hit on Girardi.
The hit came midway through the second period when Girardi went to field a puck that had been flipped high into the air and out of the Bruins’ zone. As the Rangers rearguard looked up to catch the puck, eyes focused on making the play, Pastrnak came from across the neutral zone and delivered a solid jolt that left Girardi down on the ice. Take a look:
The case can certainly be made that Pastrnak is going to find himself sitting for at least a game or two after seeing the slow-motion of his hit on Girardi, and it’s a pretty strong case, too. It’d be one thing for Pastrnak to leave his feet and make shoulder-to-shoulder contact, but he jumps into a hit that appears to make direct contact with Girardi’s head.
As a result of the hit, Pastrnak ended up with a minor penalty for checking to the head, and Girardi was forced to leave the game briefly before returning later in the second frame. It doesn’t appear the Rangers defenseman will be missing any further time, but the evaluation was necessary after he took a forceful blow to the head.
If the league does decide to suspend Pastrnak, it will help him that this is his first offense and that Girardi didn’t appear to suffer any lasting injury. Even still, it feels as though a game or two ban is heading Pastrnak’s way.
For the Bruins, losing Pastrnak right now would be incredibly disappointing, especially with how well he’s been producing early this season. Through seven games, Pastrnak has five goals and eight points while skating on the second line, and only Brad Marchand has contributed more to the attack than Pastrnak.
UPDATE: The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Friday that Pastrnak has been suspended for two games for his hit on Girardi. NHL director of player safety Patrick Burke said that Pastrnak "unnecessarily extends up and into the head of Girardi, delivering a blow to the head and knocking him to the ice." While Girardi was eligible to be hit, it was the extension upwards instead of through the body that resulted in the suspension, especially considering Girardi's head didn't change position moments before or just as Pastrnak delivered the check.
The suspension is the first of Pastrnak's career, and it will cost him $10,277.78 in salary, all of which will go towards the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Tuukka Rask posted two stellar one-goal against performances in consecutive outings before hitting the sideline, and hamstring and groin issues are reportedly keeping him on the shelf.
Tuukka Rask’s bout of general soreness turned into a lower-body injury, and after three consecutive games on the shelf, there could be some cause for concern after a report that the Boston Bruins’ No. 1 netminder is potentially dealing with injuries to both his hamstring and groin.
During an interview with CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, former TSN analyst Aaron Ward said that he was told Rask is dealing with the injury stemming from the Bruins’ opening night victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rask sat out the game following opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which was when the “general soreness” was first announced by Bruins coach Claude Julien.
“What I heard was that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and then I was told it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” Ward told Haggerty. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off.”
What’s surprising, though, is that Rask was able to come back after the initial injury in order to play a pair of outings, first against the Winnipeg Jets and then against the New Jersey Devils. Rask stopped 62 of 64 shots over the course of those two outings, picked up the win in both games and before he was sat down by the Bruins he was boasting a 1.67 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.
Ward said he believes the Bruins are simply trying to be cautious when it comes to Rask, though, in order to ensure he doesn’t further injure himself and wind up on the sideline longer than the Bruins could have expected.
However, it’s become evident that the Bruins will need Rask back in order to start piecing together a stretch of victories. Since Rask has gone down with injury — and with the three-week injury to backup Anton Khudobin following shortly thereafter — Boston hasn’t won a single game and has allowed 14 goals against in three games.
Subban got the call to start the first Rask and Khudobin-less game for Boston, but it was an ugly outing that saw him allow three goals on 16 shots over less than 31 minutes of work. After being pulled, McIntyre came in for cleanup duty and allowed two goals on 17 shots. McIntyre’s performance was enough to earn him a look in Wednesday’s game against the Rangers, but he allowed five goals on 31 shots in the loss.
So while the Bruins may not be pushing Rask for his return quite yet, a few more blowout losses and GM Don Sweeney might have to consider looking outside the organization for a stopgap in goal if Rask isn’t ready to go.
The Ottawa Senators will have to go with a goaltending duo of Andrew Hammond and Chris Driedger as Craig Anderson left the team with no timeline for his return.
Craig Anderson is two days removed from his best performance of the season, but the Ottawa Senators have no idea when the 35-year-old veteran keeper will be suiting up next.
The Senators unexpectedly announced Thursday that Anderson has taken a leave of absence from the team “to attend to a personal matter at home,” and has been given the “support of the entire organization” to do so.
“While we are uncertain of how long Craig may be away, he will continue to have our support for as much time as is needed," Senators GM Pierre Dorion said in a release. "We will respect his privacy and will have no further comment at this time.”
Anderson has been solid yet unspectacular in his work this season and boasts a 4-1-0 record, 2.95 goals-against average and .903 save percentage through the first six games of the season. And while he early season numbers may leave something to be desired, he had a solid outing in his most recent appearance for the club. When he took the net against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night, Anderson posted a 22-save shutout for his first clean slate of the campaign.
With Anderson out of the lineup, starting duties will fall to 28-year-old Andrew Hammond, he of remarkable rookie season fame. However, since Hammond’s remarkable 2014-15 run, he has been unable to find the same form.
During that 24-game stretch — over which time Hammond lost only three times and just once in regulation — Hammond posted a 1.79 GAA and .941 SP, but he stumbled with a 2.65 GAA and .914 SP in 24 outings during the 2015-16 season. He has only appeared in one game so far this season, a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings, and currently has a 5.00 GAA and ugly .800 SP.
With Hammond moving up the lineup due to Anderson’s unfortunate leave, the Senators announced that Chris Driedger has been called up from the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. Driedger, 22, has seen 55 total minutes of NHL action over the course of the past two seasons, making 21 saves without allowing a single goal over that span. However, he has never started, nor been the goaltender of record, in an NHL game.
Driedger had his first full taste of AHL action in 2015-16 and managed a 18-15-5 record, 2.83 GAA and .912 SP to go along with one shutout. Through two games in the AHL this season, Driedger has a 0.96 GAA, .961 SP and one shutout.