Are the Boston Bruins really interested in Evander Kane?
While it is true that the B’s had a scout at Kane’s first game for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda, there isn’t even a shred of proof it had anything to do with his presence on the ice. After all, don’t we all know what Kane is capable of on the ice at 30 years old? It’s not like his is going to go off a cliff after he led the Sharks in goals last season and was one of their more effective players when he was focused on hockey.
The problem with Kane, obviously, is what he’s doing off the ice. The domestic issues, the fake vaccination card, the accusations of gambling on his own games and a number of past assault accusations all serve as marks on his off-the-ice record and show a veteran player that quite honestly deserves to lose the privilege of being an NHL player.
The video of him allegedly waving a gun at his home was just the latest in a line of hugely problematic behavior during his NHL career.
Certainly, the Bruins could use his size, strength and goal-scoring along with the toughness he shows from time-to-time. Actually, the team being with Milan Lucic as he was celebrated for his 1,000 NHL game was a reminder that they need to draft and develop another fearsome power forward just like him. Notice I said “draft and develop” as opposed to taking a chance on a troubled winger that’s one strike away from being kicked out of the NHL.
When it comes to Kane, the Bruins should be an instant and unequivocal “hard pass” before the question is even asked.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Speaking of Kane, here’s FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sheng Peng with an account of the left winger’s first game back in the AHL. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*The Boston Bruins goaltenders were called out at the end of November, and they have responded in a big, big way ever since then. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Meanwhile in Vegas, Pete DeBoer is concerned about special teams and it’s showing with the Vegas Golden Knights. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Defensive issues are beginning to be a concern for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Toronto Hockey Now)
*Interesting premise where Steve Macfarlane out in Calgary wonders if Jake DeBrusk is poised to be the next Sam Bennett, a player that gets traded and then explodes offensively at his next stop. (Calgary Hockey Now)
*We’ve had a lot of fun at the expense of the Islanders over the last few weeks, but at least actress Chloe Grace Moretz is a diehard fan.
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*It is stupefying to me that we’re talking about interim NHL homes for the Arizona Coyotes to keep them in the desert. How about a permanent home somewhere else that’s more suited to them? (PHNX)
*I often disagree with Mark Madden on any host of subjects, but he’s completely on target that ESPN and TNT should be airing more NHL games. (Triblive)
*For something completely different: Are we really writing articles about Peloton ads? Really? (Rolling Stone)