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Patrick Kane Case Could Be An Issue For The NHL

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Innocent until proven guilty, right? True enough, but it’s not so simple for Kane, or the Blackhawks, or the NHL, when it comes to allegations he sexually assaulted a women during the off-season at his lakeside mansion in Buffalo.

Details remain sketchy, or partial, and a grand jury called to deal with the matter was abruptly postponed on Tuesday, leading to another round of speculation about Kane, his accuser and where all this is heading.

Let’s be clear: Kane is at present the most high profile American player in the league. Stars like Mike Modano, Chris Chelios, Brian Leetch and others have retired, and until the likes of Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel hit the big stage in a big way, Kane is the marquee U.S. player.

And now he may not play for a while, depending on a whole lot of variables too complicated to explain in a simple paragraph.

But this is potentially a huge problem for the NHL at a time when all leagues are having to tred very carefully each time one of their players is accused of a crime that gets its fan base upset, not to mention people outside its fan base.

more including a video/audio piece with David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune talking Kane with Prime Time Sports.

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Primis's avatar

Let’s be clear: Kane is at present the most high profile American player in the league.

Ummm, Phil Kessel?

Posted by Primis on 09/10/15 at 09:04 AM ET

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Ummm, Phil Kessel?

Posted by Primis on 09/10/15 at 09:04 AM ET

Kessel played for Canadian team and never won anything, so yeah, I’d say Kane is the highest profile US born player right now.

Posted by George0211 on 09/10/15 at 09:24 AM ET

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Easily Patrick Kane, and it is not even close. Kessel is known as fat and lazy. Kane, up until this point, actually was helping his case for people to forget his past transgressions.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/10/15 at 10:35 AM ET

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Kessel is known as fat and lazy. Kane, up until this point, actually was helping his case for people to forget his past transgressions.

I’m not sure what that has to do with who is better known.

Posted by Garth on 09/10/15 at 11:30 AM ET

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Kessel was the best, and biggest player, on an Original Six Canadian team.  To me that surpasses Kane’s status as “Not Toews, but th other guy” on the Hawks.  Kane has been no more important than Toews, Hossa, or Keith.

If Kane had scoring titles and MVP’s and whatnot, then maybe.  But no, he hasn’t.  Just because he’s an important cog on a winning American team doesn’t mean he’s the highest-profile American player.  To hockey fans that’s probably still Kessel, and to non-hockey fans they probably have no clue who either of them are anyways.

Now, it’s entirely possible in PIT that Kessel’s profile shrinks a bit.  But that has not happened yet.

Posted by Primis on 09/10/15 at 12:35 PM ET

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To me that surpasses Kane’s status as “Not Toews, but th other guy” on the Hawks.

You can say the same about Kessel too, Not Phaneuf, but the other guy”.

It’s all about winning and Kane has 3 Cup.

Posted by George0211 on 09/10/15 at 12:40 PM ET

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Ummm, Phil Kessel?

Posted by Primis on 09/10/15 at 09:04 AM ET/

Patrick Kane has the #1 selling jersey of the past year according to shop.nhl.com.

https://mobile.twitter.com/PR_NHL/status/552517737478909953 

.  Phil Kessel did not make the top 25 list.
Patrick Kane finished #2 in all star voting behind Zemgus Girgensons. Phil Kessel finished 30th in all star voting.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=746315 

Patrick Kane is the highest profiled American athlete in the NHL, Phil Kessel is not.[

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 09/10/15 at 01:09 PM ET

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I would argue that the fact Kessel was on a Canadian team actually diminishes his profile.  Kane was a huge part of three Stanley Cups (including scoring the Cup-winning goal in 2010 and winning the Conn Smythe in 2013) and is the highest profile American on an American original six team.  If Kane were in Toronto he sure as hell wouldn’t have gotten the cover to NHL16.

Also, I’d argue that Kessel’s profile will grow now that he’s going to be skating with the biggest star in the world.

Posted by Garth on 09/10/15 at 01:10 PM ET

awould's avatar

Arguing over a popularity contest? Must be late late late off season.

Who cares, one is lazy, one is a dbag. Neither represents the USA very well.

Posted by awould on 09/10/15 at 01:19 PM ET

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I’m sitting on a flight about to take off for Chicago right now, spending the weekend with friends who are all hawks fans. Will file a report from there after the weekend. Wish me luck that they don’t murder me for bringing it up again and again. I barely made it out of the Winter Classic at Wrigley….

Posted by awould on 09/10/15 at 01:22 PM ET

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Both represent the USA very well.

Fixed that for you.

Posted by Garth on 09/10/15 at 02:01 PM ET

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Kessel is known as fat and lazy

If you’ve actually sat down and watched him play, you’d see he’s anything but lazy. He could stand to lose a few pounds, maybe, but so could the lot of us.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/10/15 at 03:09 PM ET

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