The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 09/23/16 at 10:27 AM ET
It's not what many Sabres fans will want to hear, given Evander Kane's less than repentant attitude while speaking to the Buffalo media yesterday regarding his countersuit against the woman who accused him of assaulting her at the HarborCenter Marriott in December, but Tim Murray will probably need to grit his teeth and wait for this unwelcome soap opera to play out.
While the call from a lot of people in Buffalo for the Sabres to get rid of Kane is understandable given his behavior, there isn't a feasible way to do so -- at least not now. I believe a number of GM's would be willing to make a trade for him, but not at the risk of giving up anything of value. And putting him on waivers at this point would be worse, because he'd likely be claimed and bring back zero assets to the Sabres.
I'm guessing there'll be another sit-down with Murray and Kane, if it hasn't happened already, to see where the talented forward's head is at. I think the best way for Murray to handle this is to let the season unfold and re-evaluate things at the trade deadline. If Kane can stay out of trouble until then, perhaps his value on the market goes up a bit -- or he could be kept if he's helping the Sabres push for a playoff spot.
Kane is undoubtedly a great talent with no questions about his work ethic on the ice. You just have to hope that he gets hit with a whopping dose of maturity and grows up. Part of that is finding a way to enjoy his lifestyle as a rich and famous young man without getting arrested. The vast majority of other pro athletes don't seem to have a problem partaking in the nightlife without getting sued for assault. It really shouldn't be that difficult.
Lastly, his lawyer would be best served to tell his client, in terms of legal matters, to keep his mouth shut. Or, at the very least, do what the other Kane did.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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