Back on December 27th the Chicago Blackhawks were sitting in the middle of the Central Division after a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
This is the last time the Blackhawks have had to endure the sour taste of defeat.
Joel Quenneville’s club has rocketed to the top of the Western Conference thanks to a 12-game winning streak and here are the top moments from this incredible run.
4.) Rookie Artemi Panarin’s game-winning goal in overtime
The Blackhawks streak almost came to an end in Pittsburgh as the team squandered a two goal lead, but Panarin came through in the clutch by beating Marc-Andre Fleury.
3.) Corey Crawford takes over league lead in shutouts
Crawford started off 2016 much like he ended by 2015, in dominating fashion. Crawford earned his sixth shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Senators.
2.) Patrick Kane records his first career regular season hat trick
While it might seem a bit ridiculous, Patrick Kane hadn’t recorded a regular season hat trick until he buried three goals against the Maple Leafs to extend Chicago’s winning streak to 10 games.
1.) Quenneville passes Al Arbour for second place in NHL victories
Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt scored a pair of first period goals that gave Crawford the cushion he needed as the Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 2-1.
Lawyers for both Patrick Kane and his accuser are undergoing “fragile” discussions regarding a possible resolution regarding rape allegations, according to the Chicago Tribune.
An anonymous source shared some additional details with the Chicago Tribune:
Attorneys for the parties have been in communication for weeks, though they had not reached a formal agreement by Wednesday afternoon that would potentially end the criminal investigation. To the contrary, the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described a fluid situation in which both Kane and his accuser have refused at times to acquiesce because they both view themselves as the wronged party.
That same report notes that Kane’s accuser is covering multiple bases as far as her choices of attorneys are concerned:
Kane’s accuser continues to cooperate with the criminal investigation and has hired an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases, in addition to the defense attorney who has been guiding her through that criminal investigation, sources said.
There are still a number of ways this process can turn out, especially considering the aforementioned (and anonymous) comment to the Chicago Tribune about both sides feeling “wronged.”
It’s difficult to speculate regarding what happens next, as matters can go through one or both of the criminal and civil processes.
Most immediately, Kane is scheduled to attend Blackhawks training camp while the team is holding a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago Tribune’s full report is absolutely worth a read, including some background regarding how situations somewhat similar to Kane’s ended up being resolved.
Patrick Kane‘s longer term future is still unclear, but it sounds like he will attend Chicago Blackhawks training camp.
Darren Dreger said as much during the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading on Monday, noting that Kane hasn’t been charged with a crime and that there’s no “logistical” reason for him to be withheld from training camp.
That said, Dreger also stated that we should know for sure in the next 24-48 hours.
It’s unclear when there will be a resolution regarding Kane’s alleged rape investigation, although a postponed grand jury process is expected to resume “soon.”
Naturally, nothing is official at this point:
After being postponed earlier this week, the latest word from the Chicago Tribune on Thursday is that a grand jury is expected to resume regarding Patrick Kane‘s alleged rape investigation.
Paul Cambria told the Tribune that the grand jury wasn’t pushed back on his request, and he wasn’t sure why it was canceled. Cambria also doesn’t know when the grand jury will resume, only that it will happen soon.
Others told the Tribune that it could happen sometime in the next two weeks. There’s no word how this may affect Kane’s involvement in Blackhawks training camp, which kicks off on Sept. 18.
One other noteworthy element is that Cambria said the 26-year-old “did nothing wrong,” backing up sentiments expressed by Kane’s agent.
There have been a few legal postponements lately, from Mike Richards’ situation being moved to December to Ryan O'Reilly‘s situation getting postponed to October.
Police confirm investigation
Jonathan Toews on Kane
What happens with Kane?
Here’s the latest in the Patrick Kane investigation: a woman who was with his alleged rape victim is scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Sept. 8, WGRZ’s Scott Levin reports.
Update: It turns out that multiple people have been subpoenaed. According to Levin, every person who was at Kane’s Hamburg home during the night of the alleged incident may appear before a grand jury.
The 26-year-old has not been charged with a crime at this time.
There are still legal factors that are up in the air; former Erie County district attorney Frank Clark told WGRZ that the process involving this grand jury may develop over weeks or perhaps months. In other words, it’s plausible that the investigation will stretch out well into the 2015-16 season.
Even with some developments, this post regarding Kane’s future provides a good rundown of what may happen.
Also, Jonathan Toews discussed Kane’s situation earlier this week.
(H/T to CSNChicago.com)