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The Evander Kane Apology

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.

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The Latest From And On Evander Kane

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."

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added 1:14pm, Below, watch Kane when he met with the media today....

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The Race To Last Place

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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Watching The Buffalo Sabres And Additional NHL Teams

from John Ourand & Ian Thomas of SportsBusiness Journal,

The Buffalo Sabres are poised to knock the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the NHL’s local TV ratings lead for the first time in seven seasons.

Through early February, nearly two-thirds of the way through the season, Sabres games on MSG are averaging a 6.81 rating, up 55 percent from last year. That comes despite Buffalo having an on-ice record that’s one of the worst in the Eastern Conference.

But new to the team this year is Jack Eichel, the second overall pick in last year’s NHL draft. Eichel’s addition, paired with other aggressive player acquisitions in the last year, have Sabres fans tuning in again.

The team’s TV ratings fell last season along with the Sabres’ on-ice fortunes. As recently as two seasons ago, Buffalo ranked second leaguewide for local ratings, averaging a 5.56 mark for the 2013-14 season.

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The Two Sides Of Evander Kane

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

What you get from Evander Kane, when he’s healthy, is some pretty good hockey. But the Buffalo Sabres are finding out what folks in Winnipeg made well-known last year: To get that hockey, you have to accept Kane’s package of distractions as well.

The burly winger, one of Buffalo’s hottest scorers of late, will not be playing Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre after oversleeping and missing practice Monday in First Niagara Center.

But this was no simple wonky alarm clock. Kane posted photos on social media showing him at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Toronto with his sister – and then pictures on his Snapchat account of some drinking escapades after the game. Those pictures were deleted early Monday afternoon but continued to make the rounds on the Internet during the day.

A grim-faced and clearly annoyed coach Dan Bylsma announced the 24-year-old called him and General Manager Tim Murray on Monday morning to tell them he would not be at the workout.

“He slept in, called Tim and myself, broke a team rule,” said Bylsma. “We’ll be dealing with it internally but he will not be playing in Ottawa. I’m disappointed.”

Pointing out that “I know someone who has Twitter,” Bylsma said he had seen the pictures of Kane in question.

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Evander Kane Misses Practice

 

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How About Steven Stamkos To Buffalo?

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Tim Murray needs Steven Stamkos. He thought he needed Mike Babcock too but that ended up with the Detroit coach simply leveraging Buffalo on his way to Toronto. The Babcock affair comes to mind with all the chatter on Canadian sports giant TSN in recent days after the Dion Phaneuf trade opened a lot of cap space for the Leafs.

Suddenly, the thinking is that Stamkos may actually find it more palatable to sign in Buffalo come free agency if he doesn’t stay in Tampa Bay, than to head home to Toronto.

Something tells me this is going to end up the same way. If Stamkos doesn’t work out an extension with the Lightning, it seems hard to imagine any team trading for him as a rental and then losing him anyway come July 1. If not Tampa, it has to be Toronto.

The Sabres certainly have more to offer Stamkos. They’re far closer to winning than the Leafs are and already have core pieces in place. How would Stamkos look alongside Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart, for instance? You want more money than the $10.5 million per year that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are making? No problem. Terry Pegula can easily come through with $11-12 million a year, even with the need to pay Rasmus Ristolainen now and Eichel and Reinhart in a couple of years.

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Video- Radko Gudas With A Very Unnecessary Hit

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

As Sabres rookie Dan Catenacci was bent over looking for a puck, Gudas barreled in to drop the forward. The referees issued a five-minute major for charging and five minutes for fighting when Jake McCabe exchanged punches with Gudas.

“The guy’s an idiot,” Foligno said. “He’s dirty, goes after a rookie, goes right for his head. He’s an idiot.”

Catenacci, who had to be helped off the ice, underwent concussion testing after the game.

“There’s no question it’s a head hit,” Bylsma said. “I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

 

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Awarded Penalty Shot To The Boston Bruins Should Have Been Just A Minor Penalty

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The fully extended push from behind by Ristolainen occurred after Marchand had lost possession of the puck and therefore did not prevent the scoring opportunity. The actions of Ristolainen throughout this play were worthy of a minor penalty.

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Instead, the Bruins were awarded a penalty shot and scored.

 

 

Watch the play below...

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Video- The Boston Bruins Win In OT By A Penalty Shot Goal Not Without Controversy

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Sometimes, the video is hard to decipher. And sometimes, it shows an official blowing a call in hard-to-believe fashion in full high definition.

Such was the case Saturday night in TD Garden, as Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot gifted by referee Brad Watson with 2:28 left in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

After intercepting a Rasmus Ristolainen pass just outside the Buffalo blue line, Marchand tried to break into the Sabres’ zone. Ristolainen closed from Marchand’s left rear and the Boston center quickly lifted the Buffalo defenseman’s stick out of his hands into the air as the puck slid ahead of the pair. Ristolainen tried to put his right arm on Marchand and appeared to miss him before landing a two-hand shove to the back as goaltender Robin Lehner poke-checked the puck away.

Watson’s arm went up to signal a penalty and the Sabres were stunned to see him point to center ice. Marchand scored on the backhand and Lehner was among several Sabres barking at the officials after the goal ended the game. The goaltender even chucked his helmet to the ice in disgust.

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Watch the sequence below...

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