Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
The cab driver, who has his own share of problems that include a drunken driving conviction and revelations that he was driving Kane and a cousin with a suspended New York State drivers license, will likely support his lawyer’s claim that the entire incident was “blown out of proportion.” IN addition, the cab driver may concede that he may have actually contributed to the situation by not having the proper change necessary to accommodate the fare the Kane cousin offered and that he might have accelerated the incident by locking the doors of his cab with the two young men inside.
There might even be “photo op” showing the 20-year-old hockey player and the 62-year-old cab driver shaking hands and making a statement designed to show the youth of Buffalo that reasonable people can settle disagreements like men truly should, without the need to resort to violence or harsh words.
added 2:40pm, from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Kane deserves a break, as does Radecki. Kane deserves his day in court, and not the court of public opinion. Radecki deserves a modicum of privacy concerning his past – although he did open himself to criticism by doing that TV interview and his lawyer’s assertion that something can be ‘worked out’ doesn’t help.
But please, people, remember that Kane and Radecki are people, too. Just like you and me. And I’m sure we’d all hope everyone wouldn’t jump to conclusions at the first reports of something being amiss in our lives. I know I would.
from Aaron Besecker of the Buffalo News,
The city cab driver who has accused National Hockey League star Patrick Kane and his cousin of robbing and attacking him Sunday morning has two drunken driving convictions and had no valid driver’s license at the time of the incident, The Buffalo News has learned.
Jan Radecki, 62, of Lombard Street, has had a cab license in the City of Buffalo since May 1996 and became licensed with the city for a Chrysler minivan in 2003. Radecki’s driver’s license, however, was revoked in December 1998 after he refused to submit to a chemical test, according to state Department of Motor Vehicle records. He was issued a conditional license by the agency after the incident.
Craig Custance of the Sporting News has a statement from Patrick Kane’s agent, Pat Brisson, basically stating Kane will be cleared of all charges.
But what if he isn’t?
from Craig Custance of the The Sporting News,
John McDonough wasn’t talking specifically about Blackhawks players when he said it. Chicago was in the middle of its surprising playoff run when McDonough met with a group of reporters at the United Center.
He was gracious with his time. Even ordered some pizza for a small group of writers working a long shift. And during the long conversation, he shared his philosophy as team president of the Blackhawks.
There’s a Blackhawks Way, he said, and if one of his employees doesn’t get it, they’re out.
“I’m not really patient and have a tendency to call people on things because, to me, once is a trend,” McDonough said at the time.
Now, we’ll see if that trend includes star forwards.
As for the Hawks, maybe this is an opportunity to tone down some of the circus-is-coming publicity with which they have scorched the Chicago area. At times, it has been as over the top as a bearded lady. It only seems as if Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks’ other young star, have made more public appearances than they have played hockey games.
The Hawks can’t try to sell themselves as one thing and then act another way in real life. How about this revolutionary thought: Just focus on winning.
-Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune. More on the Blackhawks from Rick…
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.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org