Evander Kane Suspended by Sabres: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The Buffalo Sabres suspended winger Evander Kane for Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators for a violation of team rules, per Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.  

Continue for updates.


Kane Comments on Suspension

Tuesday, Feb. 16

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the ice and helping the team win," Kane said, per John Vogl of the Buffalo News, who noted Kane will play on Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"It's something that never should have happened," Kane said on Tuesday, per Harrington"It's something that I can promise you won't happen again and it's something I'm definitely going to learn from."


Kane Suspended for Attending NBA All-Star Game

Monday, Feb. 15

According to Scott Swenson of WIVB 4 in Buffalo, Kane attended the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night and informed the team he wouldn't be present at practice Monday.

Some of Kane's exploits, which Harrington described as "drinking escapades after the game," were captured in since-deleted videos on Snapchat. NHL.com's Joe Yerdon sympathized with Kane to a certain extent:

Kane also posted two photos from Toronto to his Instagram account:


Bylsma Comments on Kane Attending All-Star Game

Monday, Feb. 15

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said Kane's attendance of the All-Star Game wasn't an issue, but it became one when he failed to arrive at practice, per Paul Hamilton of WGR 550: "We got out of here at 3:30 (p.m. ET) yesterday, so yes, he could've made it to the game just fine and back."


Kane Enjoying Up-and-Down Career

This isn't the first time in Kane's career he was a healthy scratch for a regular-season game. Sportsnet's Evan Peaslee recounted a number of his various indiscretions last February, when the Winnipeg Jets traded him to Buffalo.

Around this time last year, Kane missed a game following an altercation with Dustin Byfuglien, which involved Byfuglien throwing his clothes in a shower.

In December, Buffalo police launched an investigation into allegations of a sex offense committed by Kane, a claim which he quickly denied.

In terms of performance, Kane has more than delivered for the Sabres. He has scored 16 goals and assisted on eight more in 47 games. However, his troubles off the ice continue to overshadow his contributions on it.

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