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from David Kaplan of Kap’s Corner at ChicagoNow,
How could Kane be this stupid? Everyday we hear stories of athletes getting in trouble and you would think that a young man with the world at his fingertips and a family that is looking out for him and is very involved in his life wouldn’t make a mistake like this. Then again, it is another lesson that can be used with our kids on the stupid decisions that people make and the consequences of their actions.
I have heard from many fans at the both the radio and TV stations that I work at who complain that Kane is rude and doesn’t sign autographs as much as some fans feel he should. I have heard from various sources in the NHL who seem to think that Kane’s success has gone to his head and that he is not as mature as he should be. Immaturity is one thing for a 20 year old but punching a cab driver at 5 am after he didn’t have 20 cents in change is entirely another.
Could Kane have possibly thought that no one would recognize him in his hometown?
added 8:28pm, from Mike Kiley of ChicagNow,
In some circles in Chicago Kane’s stock has just gone up. He will now be expected to actually hit another human being on skates next season. It may not be a full season, but Kane better be willing to match his new reputation and turn a deaf ear to all the opponents who will be teasing the hell out of him in a downgrading manner.
Dallas’ Sean Avery was suspended last season essentially for bad taste for making ugly sexual remarks about a former girlfriend. If it can be proven that Kane mugged a cabbie, commissioner Gary Bettman is going to have to flex his muscles and suspend him.
Bettman can’t allow the NFL and Roger Goodell to have all the fun. He has to whack Kane if allegedly can be proven absolutely.
added 8:38pm, Watch (below) an interview WIVB in Buffalo did with the cab driver…
Buffalo Police Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Chicago Blackhawk Player and Buffalo native Patrick Kane has been arrested over an alleged dispute over cab fare. He and another party were taken into custody early Sunday morning.
added 11:05am, from Aaron Besecker of the Buffalo News,
Chicago Blackhawk right winger and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and a relative face robbery and other charges after allegedly assaulting a cab driver and failing to pay their fare after getting a ride from Chippewa Street early this morning.
added 2:10pm, You know it is big news when TMZ is now picking up the story.
added 8:45pm, More information available in a new KK post, including an interview with the cab driver.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
A successful spring led directly into a whirlwind summer for the NHL’s newest “it” team, but the Chicago Blackhawks remain on strong footing despite the somewhat surprising change at the top from Dale Tallon to Stan Bowman.
“It’s fair to say expectations are high,” Bowman, the Blackhawks’ new general manager, told NHL.com. “I like our team.”
There’s a lot to like, what with the additions of Marian Hossa, John Madden and Tomas Kopecky to last season’s Western Conference Finalists. Bowman’s task now is to keep it all together.
How he plans to do that seems to be the biggest question around the Blackhawks today.
Greats from the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard in a Chicago furniture TV ad.
from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune,
“The Blackhawks vehemently dispute any implication the team has in any way violated the collective bargaining agreement or had any intention whatsoever to circumvent the salary cap,” a Hawks team spokesman said Friday. “The contract is legitimate and approved by the NHL. We are confident the NHL will conclude that there is absolutely no evidence the Blackhawks intended to circumvent the salary cap.”...
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is not involved in the investigation but NHLPA Director Paul Kelly said in an e-mail Friday that it will fight to allow players to sign such contracts.
“The NHLPA will take whatever steps are necessary to insure that players continue to have the unfettered ability to negotiate contracts that are compliant with existing CBA rules,” Kelly wrote.
Maybe the Hawks will fire Dale Tallon again.
But either way, the Rocky Wirtz-John McDonough-Bowman Family axis has spent the month of July making Bob Pulford look like Sam Pollock.
-Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune. More on the Blackhawks.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the London Free Press,
The NHL is investigating whether Marian Hossa’s new 12-year, $62.8-million (all terms US) contract with the Blackhawks circumvents the collective bargaining agreement and the salary cap, Sun Media has learned.
The ’Hawks could be facing a maximum fine of $5 million and the loss of draft picks if the league’s investigation uncovers proof of allegations that Chicago discussed the possibility of Hossa retiring before the end of the deal, which would end Hossa’s cap hit.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation in an e-mail yesterday, stating that league officials are concerned with the structure of the contract.
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential at ChicagoNow,
I see Alec Baldwin in the Tallon role, Steve Buscemi as McDonough, SpongeBob Squarepants as Rocky Wirtz, Jason Alexander as Stan Bowman, Don Rickles as Scotty Bowman (is Rickles still alive? wouldn’t matter with the limited Scotty dialogue), Burt Reynolds (get me makeup) as coach Joel Quenneville, a bearded Colin Farrell as a very angry Irish kind of revolutionary Czech playing Martin Havlat and a curly-wigged Will Ferrell replicating Marian Hossa.
So years from now, two or three Jonathan Toews-led championships down the road, you will have an Oliver Stone-type movie version offering the dark details of how Tallon got his career misconduct penalty and the affair will assume the nefarious overtones of “Who Killed Cock Robin,” snuggling into Hawks history alongside Reay’s Yuletide log roll.
more on the Chicago scene…
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that right wing Marian Hossa will undergo surgery tomorrow, Friday, July 24, on his right shoulder to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.
“Marian’s injury did not respond sufficiently to our non-operative treatment over the last three weeks so we have collectively decided today to go ahead with the surgery,” Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Marian is a franchise player and we want what is best for him and the Blackhawks long-term. This was a mutual decision and one we feel very confident is the right one.”
“Marian has a small right rotator cuff tear that he has been battling for a while and because he is not at 100 percent with non-operative treatment he is undergoing operative treatment tomorrow,” Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry said. “With this type of tear we anticipate a four month post-operative recovery period, after which we expect his shoulder to be 100 percent. This is the best thing for Marian and his career long-term.”
“After consulting with my family and the Blackhawks, I have no doubt that this is the correct decision,” Hossa said. “I plan on being a member of the Blackhawks for a very long time, which is why I want to get this done and begin my career in Chicago at 100 percent.”
from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have more than enough scoring to compensate even if Hossa is unable to make the season-opening trip to Finland. But after making all the right moves during the organization’s dizzying ascent from the bottom to the top of the Western Conference, the franchise has left itself open to scrutiny and criticism with decisions made since Hossa inked his record deal.
The failure to send out qualifying offers to restricted free agents before the deadline—resulting in the Hawks paying more than they would have otherwise to re-sign some of their own players—the subsequent ouster of popular general manager Dale Tallon and McDonough’s awkward explanation are reminiscent of the old Hawks.
Now this. If the Hawks knew about Hossa’s injury, isn’t it risky bordering on reckless to sign him to a $62.8 million deal without so much as a physical?
Recent news seems symptomatic of a sense of urgency bordering on desperation that has gripped the franchise since the season-ending loss in Detroit. It’s troubling. When organizations begin to cannibalize themselves, diners can become dinner and the feel-good vibe around a team evaporates.
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