Latest on Patrick Kane, Thomas Vanek and Mike Cammalleri, plus updates on NHL expansion, the Stadium Series and more.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is reportedly being investigated by Hamburg, NY police regarding a recent incident. The Hamburg chief of police, the local district attorney and Kane’s lawyer declined to comment. “No charges have been filed in connection with the investigation and it is not known whether police have questioned the 26-year-old hockey player.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay it won’t be long until we learn more details. Kane had a run-in with the law inn 2009, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct regarding an incident with a Buffalo taxi driver.
STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports via Twitter that Minnesota Wild winger Thomas Vanek has resumed skating after surgeries in June to repair two hernias in his left groin. Vanek claims he’ll be ready for training camp next month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could also explain Vanek’s offensive struggles last season, particularly in the playoffs.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Mike Cammalleri will become the first New Jersey Devils player to wear number 13. Cammelleri wore that number for most of his NHL career, but was forbidden from doing so upon joining the Devils by former GM and president Lou Lamoriello.
TSN.CA: Las Vegas and Quebec City have been invited by the NHL to participate in the next phase of the league’s expansion application process.
ESPN.COM: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman claims the novelty of outdoor games is far from being overdone or oversaturated.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Attendance at those games bears this out. Outdoor games, like the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series, remain very popular among NHL fans.
CBS SPORTS: The rosters for the alumni game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild next February will include “former All-Stars Jeremy Roenick, Mike Modano, Denis Savard, Dino Ciccarelli and Ed Belfour.”