My 2(0) Cents on Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, and the National Hockey League

WoooooSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 12:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup overhead in the midst of fans and photographers after Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings 2-1 in the seventh game to win the Stanley Cup Finals series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

This summer and offseason has long.

Sean sent this solid video along. It's called the Daydream and it highlights each of the Pens' three Stanley Cup Championships.

Next up on the list, something that is bringing some unfamiliar negative media attention to the National Hockey League.

Blackhawks' star Patrick Kane, whio is 20 years old, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of robbery and several misdemeanor charges.
This is a joke. Kane allegedly, even though you can't really make this up, hailed a cab with his 21-year-old cousin, who will be referred to as Abel, somewhere in Buffalo, New York, Kane's hometown.

After arriving at their destination around 4:00am, the 62-year-old cab driver informed Kane and Abel that he did not have the additional 20 cents that was due them as change after they had paid their cab fare.
The driver then stated that he was "punched, grabbed by the throat, and had his glasses broken" by Kane and Abel.
The NHL quickly covered its tracks saying that they are "looking into it themselves."

The cab driver's lawyer is now stating that the situation may have been blown out of proportion and reasoning with the media that the two sides "should be able to work things out."

In other words, Kane has agreed to pay this guy a sum of money much larger than 20 cents in exchange for the driver keeping his mouth shut about the situation.

We probably will never find out what really happened, but a couple of things seem wrong in this story.

First of all, what was Kane doing out at 4:00am? Maybe the Buffalo Sheriff's department should have checked Mr. Kane's identification and blood alcohol level.

Secondly, a massive sum of money is obviously involved in the story. People don't get assaulted over two dimes and then have their lawyer tell the press that they think things "can be worked out" if they aren't getting paid to do it.

Third, if this same accusation was made against Sean Avery, he'd already be headed for Anger Management class. Kane will get off the hook.

Now, non-Penguin fans will argue that Sidney Crosby or another young superstar would similarly get off the hook in the same situation. That brings up the question: What is Sid doing this summer?
Ah, that's right, he's hanging out with the Stanley Cup.

Lastly, if you're looking at both sides of the story, the cabbie probably said or did something to upset Kane and Abel.

Guys who have multi-million-dollar professional sports contracts don't beat up old men over 20 cents just for something to do on at four in the morning on a Saturday in Buffalo...or do they?
Well, either way, Sidney Crosby will begin this fall, defending the Stanely Cup Championship.
Patrick Kane will begin the fall waiting for his chance to play on a line with Marian Hossa and knowing that when he does, those two dimes in his locker will become the only silver he'll be looking at for the next 12 years.
Let's Go Pens