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Buffalo Sabres head coach Dany Bylsma thought this hit by Dion Phaneuf was worth a major.
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from Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres star Evander Kane has been cleared after an investigation into a sexual encounter in December.
No accusation was ever made against Kane, but an investigation started when a young woman who spent the night with him sought medical treatment at Erie County Medical Center and said she could not remember what happened.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office and the Buffalo Police sex offense squad determined nothing illegal occurred.
Kane said at the time that he had consensual sex with the woman after meeting her in a downtown bar Dec. 27 and taking her back to his hotel room, sources close to the case have said.
"I haven't been in the playoffs yet in the NHL, but I want to be remembered as a winner, a guy who wins. I want to be known as a good teammate, a good guy, that gave back to the community in the towns he played in. That's something I do even though I don't look for the publicity.
"Obviously I also want to remembered as a player who could put the puck in the net, too, but definitely want to be remembered as a winner. I've won at every level up until the NHL. So I want to change that narrative in the NHL."
-Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has much more on Kane.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
It’s time to have a chat about Dan Bylsma.
The Sabres don’t have enough talent and Tim Murray knows that. They have too many injuries, and everybody knows that too. But it’s still hard to fathom they entered Thursday 26th in the NHL and look flat-out terrible at times, especially at home.
At some point, you have to start discussing how much of this responsibility lies with the coach. No matter who he has at his disposal to dress.
Bylsma hit town with the biggest cachet of any bench boss the Sabres have hired since Scott Bowman arrived 36 years ago. He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s been mostly terrific with the media. He’s fully bought in to the challenge of this rebuild. Young players are developing.
Still, you feel underwhelmed even after Thursday’s 6-3 triumph over a mostly awful Calgary team with a veteran sieve in goal in Jonas Hiller.
No one is asking Bylsma to drive around town in a souped-up pickup in team colors or wear his jersey to the games of the other team owned by Pegula Sports Enterprises like someone else does.
A lot of this gnawing feeling grows from Bylsma’s stubbornness, a trait you heard plenty about from folks in Pittsburgh. A bad home record is often a product of not getting the right matchups on the ice when you should be able to.
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Buffalo has retained 50% of Weber’s remaining contract.
“We are pleased to welcome Mike to our organization,” MacLellan said. “Mike is a stay-at-home defenseman, who plays a physical game and is respected by his teammates. We felt it was important to add depth to our blueline by adding another quality veteran defenseman.”
Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the victim.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Five water-cooler questions NHL fans, media, players and management are throwing around this week:
1. Did you believe Evander Kane’s apology?
Gawd, no. Kane’s apology was a scene right out of The Young and the Restless: heavy on the script, thin on the acting (Evander may be a model but he’s no thespian) and light on the contrition. Were you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if a single tear would roll down his cheek?
C’mon. This isn’t a kid we’re talking about anymore. Kane is 24 and in his seventh NHL season. He’s a veteran now. He’s supposed to be a leader. He’s been run out of one NHL dressing room and remains the subject of a criminal investigation in Buffalo.
Did Kane suddenly realize missing an NHL practice when an organization is paying him $6 million for his services is a no-no? He understands there are consequences to his actions.
Playing in the NHL is an immense privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. There are rules. Kane just doesn’t want to live within them. His teammates in Winnipeg said as much. Now Kane’s actions in Buffalo say the same.
contiinue for four more "water-cooler" questions including trade bait and Stamkos...
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
"First and foremost, I want to apologize to my teammates for letting them down," Kane said. "Me missing practice yesterday was irresponsible and I take full accountability for my actions with what happened."
Kane took a private jet to Toronto after the Sabres' win over Colorado and attended the NBA All-Star Game. Photos on social media, which were later deleted, showed him drinking into the wee hours of Monday morning. Kane declined to say whether he returned to Buffalo Sunday night or if he was still in Toronto when he called the Sabres to say he wouldn't be at practice.
"I wanted to apologize to my teammates, the Pegula family as well, our coaching staff and general manager," he said. "It's something that should have never happened. It's something that I can promise you won't happen again and it's something that I'm definitely going to learn from."
added 1:14pm, Below, watch Kane when he met with the media today....
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in last place in the NHL, the first time the club has dipped that low in the standings since 1997.
But Leafs fans are not necessarily gloomy.
They understand that last place overall means the Leafs will have the best odds at the projected first overall pick this summer — Auston Matthews — when the NHL holds its lottery for the top overall pick in the June draft.
The Leafs are in a very tight race among the bottom four teams in the NHL after Monday night’s games. Only three points separate those four teams — Buffalo (52 points), Columbus (52), Edmonton (50) and Toronto (49).
Here’s a look at the remaining games for those four teams (before Tuesday night games):
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