Evander Kane

Kane apologizes for Vegas picture


Evander Kane is sorry if he rubbed hockey fans the wrong way by posing on a Las Vegas balcony with four bricks of cash and tweeting a picture of it to his thousands of followers.

(Man, the sentences we have to write sometimes.)

“I didn’t mean to offend anybody,” the 21-year-old Jets forward told the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe. “It was taken by a bunch of people in the wrong context.”

Kane was surprised at the backlash the tweet caused, though he recognizes how it could’ve been seen in a negative light given the NHL’s work stoppage.

“I totally get that point, I understand it,” he said. “But it had nothing to do with the lockout or my views on it.

“Everybody is affected by this lockout. It’s not like we’re on strike. We would love to be able to play hockey right now.

“When it comes to people that work at the rinks, have jobs in restaurants and concessions, it’s tough.”

The picture, by the way, was taken in November.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.