Patrick Kane's day with the Stanley Cup gets stuck in a fire truck crane

We just knew that Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup in Buffalo was going to be interesting, but we didn’t expect that it would turn into a high-wire act. As Kane took the Cup around his home town today, one stop he made was to visit with the fire department in Buffalo who took Kane and the Cup up, up and away into the sky via crane basket. What happened next is probably rather predictable with the foreshadowing I just threw at you. Chris Boden of CSN Chicago hits us with all the awesome information.

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BUFFALO, New York — So upon arrival back at New Era from our previous entry, we encounter a traffic jam where a crowd is assembled around Kane atop a raised fire engine ladder with the Cup. Once we give up and get out of the taxi to walk the rest of the way, we learn ol’ Ladder #2 was stuck in the “up” position a good 15-20 minutes, three stories up, and was finally being lowered as we approached. The kid and the Cup emerged no worse for the wear. He. Was smiling, the firemen weren’t.

On another note, during that cab ride back, our driver volunteered that he knows the driver who “got into it” here nearly a year ago with Patrick and his cousin, and based on the driver’s “rep” thinks Kane was set up that night, and he’s felt like punching that guy, too.

And now – on the way to floor hockey – our caravan’s made a sudden stop on Seneca Street for a momentary visit inside Hopper’s Rush Inn. Kane says he’ll be back at 10 tonight to those inside. Not sure if he meant the Cup, too.

If you’re wondering if they’re exaggerating as to how high up Kane was, they’re not. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times snapped this photo.

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What’s all the more amazing about that story is that they managed to snag a cab in Buffalo and have it driven by a cabbie that knew the guy that Kane had gone after last year. This is like something you’d see in a Groundhog Day sequel except everything is coming up Kane. He gets to go home again and be seen as the local hero. If only he’d have managed to win the Stanley Cup for the hometown Sabres there’s no way that you could write the script up any better.

Well, maybe if the cabbie he attacked was driving him around today. That would definitely make it better.

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    Stars trade Patrick Eaves to Ducks

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Patrick Eaves #18 of the Dallas Stars skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 17, 2017 in New York City. The Stars defeated the Rangers 7-6.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    The Anaheim Ducks have acquired winger Patrick Eaves in a trade with the Dallas Stars. The cost was a conditional second-round draft pick in 2017.

    Eaves, 32, is enjoying a career year with 21 goals in 59 games. A pending unrestricted free agent, his cap hit is just $1 million. It was expected that he’d be traded prior to next week’s deadline.

    Eaves join a Ducks team that could use a few more goals. Of note, Corey Perry has struggled offensively, scoring just 11 times in 62 games.

    Below is the condition on the draft pick, which could turn into a first-round selection.

    Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto’s second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

    Related: The Wild have options in search for forward depth

    Bickell to play first game since MS diagnosis

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 13: Paul Postma #4 of the Winnipeg Jets and Bryan Bickell #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes head to the Carolina zone during NHL action on October 22, 2016 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell is expected to skate in his first hockey game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

    The Hurricanes assigned Bickell to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte on Friday and say he’s expected to play for the Checkers on Saturday night.

    The move came a day after he was placed on waivers in a procedural move that allowed the team to send him to the minors.

    Bickell, 30, has been out since October, was diagnosed with MS in November and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 11.

    The three-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago has been practicing with the Hurricanes for the past month.

    Rutherford says Schultz extension ‘definitely a priority’ this summer

    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 06:  Justin Schultz #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on before a face off against the New Jersey Devils on March 6, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Justin Schultz‘s career has done a virtual 180 since joining Pittsburgh at last year’s trade deadline, and the Pens have made it clear they’d like to keep him around beyond this season.

    “We have not [discussed an extension with Schultz],” GM Jim Rutherford said, per the Post-Gazette. “But he will definitely be a priority for us in the offseason.”

    Acquired for a third-round pick last February, Schultz proved to be one of Rutherford’s best moves (part of the reason why Rutherford captured NHL GM of the Year). The former Oilers rearguard had seven points through 18 regular-season games and then thrived once getting into the playoff mix, helping Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup.

    He was signed to a modest one-year, $1.4 million extension last summer, which has turned out to be another Rutherford masterstroke.

    Schultz has been vitally important for a Pittsburgh defense decimated by injury. His TOI is way up — 19:15 per game — and his offensive contributions have been outstanding. The 26-year-old has nine goals and 39 points through 56 games, putting him tops among all Pens d-men (and tied for seventh among all NHL blueliners).

    Schultz is a pending RFA, and in line for a pretty big raise. The Post-Gazette suggested it could cost Pittsburgh $4-$5 million annually to keep him around, meaning Rutherford will have his work cut out. Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonino and Trevor Daley are all pending UFAs, while fellow d-man Brian Dumoulin is also restricted come July 1.

    Rutherford will also need to deal with the Marc-Andre Fleury issue, specifically how to mitigate Fleury’s $5.75 million cap hit.

    More details emerge re: Isles’ arena plans

    ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06:  A sign is seen at Belmont Park on June 6, 2014 in Elmont, New York.  On Saturday, June 7, California Chrome will attempt to win the triple crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Big day for NHL arena news.

    First came a report out of Arizona that the Coyotes’ public financing plans could be in trouble.

    Now comes another report that the New York Islanders may have a solution to their Barclays Center problem.

    From Bloomberg:

    A supergroup of New York sports executives, including owners of the New York Rangers and the New York Mets, is lining up to invest in a new arena just outside of Queens for the National Hockey League’s Islanders, according to people familiar with the discussions.

    The new arena proposal is a joint venture between the Islanders, Oak View Group and Sterling Project Development, said the people, who asked to be anonymous because the talks are private. James Dolan’s Madison Square Garden Co., which controls the Rangers, long the Islanders hated rivals, is an investor in Oak View Group, the private equity group run by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff. The Wilpon family, which owns the Mets, controls Sterling Project Development. 

    Bloomberg notes that NHL owners are allowed to “have a stake in another club’s arena,” so Dolan’s involvement shouldn’t be an issue with the league.

    Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed last month that the Isles’ owners were exploring their options beyond the team’s current home in Brooklyn.

    “The owners are committed to the franchise, they’re committed to New York and the great fan base that has followed the Islanders,” said Bettman. “There are some issues about playing in Barclays that may be fundamental as to the ice system, and that’s not something that can be fixed in the short term. I think, as is prudent, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are reviewing the situation and looking very seriously at what their options are.”

    According to Bloomberg, the current focus is on a site at Belmont Park in Elmont. For more on that, read Newsday’s story from July.

    Related: Tim Leiweke could play role in redevelopment of Seattle’s KeyArena