Patrick Kane explains his post-parade remarks


Kane9.jpgIt’s easy to forget that what was supposed to be a promising season
for the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t start off all that great. First, Dale
Tallon’s fax machine broke, and the team was forced to sign a couple of
players to long-term contracts or else lose them to free agency. The
mixup cost Tallon his job, and some wondered what long term effects that
gaffe would have on this team.

Then Patrick Kane was arrested
after a dispute with a cab driver. Kane, very young and the extremely
talented member of a great group of young forwards, had tarnished his
reputation. It didn’t help when he later gained the rep of a “partier”
when he was caught shirtless in a limo with other teammates; not that
big of a deal, but combine the two incidents and the year didn’t exactly
start off great for Kane.

So when he said these words at the
parade yesterday, some may have thought he was taking too easy an
approach to the incidents:

“I’ll try to keep my shirt on all summer and for all the cab
drivers out
there, I love you.”

Today, Kane explained his remarks and showed a
bit more of a level headed approach.
From Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:

“You can look back on those things and say the year started out like
this,” Kane said Saturday, when asked why he brought it up at the
rally. “It ended on a great note, but it started out on not so great of a
note. So you look back on it and you can have fun with it. The issue is
over. It’s gone. It’s done with.

“I probably have to live the
rest of my life with it but I think, for me, I can have fun with it now
that it’s over.”

Listen, you can’t fault Kane for making light of the situation during
his time of triumph. Perhaps the wording wasn’t perfect, but you have
to respect a guy that can poke fun at himself after he screws up. Kane
is now a bigger star than ever, so he’s going to have to be wary that
every word he speaks and every thing he does will be intensely

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: