• Sets up a goal in opener

    News: Patrick Kane got on the board in Wednesday's 3-2 opening-night loss to the Rangers, assisting on Artemi Panarin's goal in the first period.
    Analysis: Despite the loss, it's encouraging to see Patrick Kane producing so early given all of the off-ice allegations that have surrounded him since August. If he really can somehow remain focused and mesh with new linemates Panarin and Artem Anisimov, look for Kane to fill the scoresheet at his usual point-per-game pace.
  • Hawks' Kane to Participate in Training Camp

    News: The Blackhawks confirmed Wednesday that Patrick Kane is expected to attend training camp when it opens Thursday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Analysis: With the details of Patrick Kane's pending court case still shrouded in some mystery, the Blackhawks seem to think that their star will report to training camp in preparation for the 2015-16 season. While a lot can happen on a legal front between now and the start of the season, the fact that Kane is on track to join the Blackhawks for camp suggests the team isn't distancing itself from the embattled winger in the face of his ongoing rape allegations.
  • Hawks' Kane: Grand Jury Delayed, Settlement Ahead?

    News: The Erie County (New York) District Attorney has postponed grand jury proceedings into allegations of sexual assault levelled at Patrick Kane, according to the Associated Press. The hearings were postponed for two weeks.
    Analysis: There was no reason for the postponement, but multiple legal experts have speculated it may be because of a pending settlement between the two sides. A settlement would be damning to Patrick Kane, but it would likely be better than a multi-year incarceration. But a settlement has been described as a potential good thing for the accuser who would be dragged through public eye day after day at trial. We can't begin to say we understand the legal side of this case, but the moral and ethical side hasn't changed. And that's the side that will make Kane a target for heckling in every city he visits and drive him deeper into the dog house in the squeaky clean Chicago brand.
  • Camp Status Unknown For Hawks' Kane

    News: The Blackhawks aren't willing to announce whether or not Patrick Kane will be present when training camp opens Sept. 18, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I don't have an answer to that question," Blackhawks spokesman Brandon Faber said last week.
    Analysis: While no formal charges have been levied against Patrick Kane in an alleged rape that occurred in August at his offseason home in Hamburg, N.Y., the Blackhawks are understandably keeping their distance from the situation while a criminal investigation remains in progress. Those with ties to the Blackhawks relayed that the organization is considering a "number of options" in how to handle the matter, with granting Kane a personal leave of absence representing one of the possibilities. The uncertain circumstances and length of the investigation put Kane's possible return to the Blackhawks in jeopardy, but further clarity could be gained in the weeks to come.
  • Patrick Kane's Accuser To Appear At Grand Jury

    News: Patrick Kane's alleged rape victim has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury on September 8, according to WGRZ.com.
    Analysis: The process with the grand jury could take weeks or perhaps months, and the investigation could stretch into the upcoming season. The grand jury has been formed to investigate allegations of sexual assault against the 'Hawks winger that arose from an incident in his home in early August. At this time, Patrick Kane has not been charged with a crime.
  • Image Conscious Hawks Fielding Trade Calls On Kane

    News: The Hawks have apparently fielded speculative trade calls about Patrick Kane from more than five different teams, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. There is no indication the Hawks would trade him, but the team is extremely image conscious and there are suggestions they feel "disrespected" by Kane's alleged actions this summer.
    Analysis: No charges have been laid in the investigation into an alleged rape of a woman at Patrick Kane's home. The team has largely remained quiet on the issue, but it was already displeased that he used the Hawks' Stanley Cup rally to proclaim he intended to act like a fool again while celebrating the Cup win. Optics matter to the Hawks and the team may be forced to do something to maintain its image. Others have been quick to distance themselves from Kane. He has been quietly removed from the cover of EA Sports NHL '16 video game and his former OHL squad (London Knights) dropped the moniker "Team Kane" from its annual training camp agenda. Camp is only a few weeks away and things could change dramatically for Kane and the Hawks before then.
  • Police Confirm Kane Faces Rape Allegation

    News: Hamburg police confirmed publicly for the first time Friday that Patrick Kane is under investigation for an alleged rape incident, The Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: Many more details are to come out on the incident as authorities complete their investigation. What we know so far is that a young woman went to a local hospital early Sunday, has been examined for physical signs that she had been raped, and has accused Patrick Kane of the incident. It's important to note that Kane has not been charged with anything yet, though given the serious allegations you can bet this will be a major news item around the hockey world as the investigation runs its course.
  • Blackhawks' Kane Reportedly Facing Rape Allegation

    News: Patrick Kane is the target of an investigation by the Hamburg, N.Y. police department regarding an alleged sexual assault over the past weekend, The Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: Reports of an investigation surrounding the Blackhawks winger first surfaced late Wednesday, but the Hamburg Police Department was unwilling to confirm or deny that any incident took place. However, citing sources within the department, The Buffalo News has now learned that Patrick Kane is in fact the subject of a sexual assault probe, with law enforcement also relaying that the victim in question was sent to an area hospital to receive tests using a rape kit. Kane hasn't been charged with any crime, but according to The News' Tim Graham, multiple sources familiar with the case believe the 26-year-old could turn himself in to Hamburg police as soon as Thursday. We won't speculate what that means, if indeed Kane does turn himself in, until more facts come to light. For their part, the police department is unlikely to issue a formal statement on the matter until the investigation is fully completed.
  • Blackhawks' Kane Under Investigation In New York

    News: Police in Hamburg, N.Y. are investigating an incident over the past weekend that reportedly involves Patrick Kane, The Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: The Hamburg police aren't allowing officers to discuss the nature of the incident nor comment on the Blackhawks star's alleged involvement. As a result, if or until charges are formally filed in the investigation, it won't be known what the ramifications will be for Patrick Kane. The 26-year-old, who returned from a broken clavicle during the postseason to lead all players with 23 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, makes his offseason home in Hamburg. He was previously apprehended by police in August 2009 in nearby Buffalo after assaulting a cab driver.
  • Hawks' Kane Grabs Two Points En Route To Cup

    News: Patrick Kane factored into both goals in Monday's Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Lightning, registering a goal and an assist.
    Analysis: Patrick Kane entered Monday's Game 6 without a goal and only one assist in the Finals, but his insurance tally with just over five minutes remaining helped secure Chicago's third Cup in six years. The winger's regular season was cut short by a broken clavicle, but he turned in another highly productive year when healthy and figures to be among the league's best once again in the 2015-16 season.