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TSN: Attorney Thomas Eoannou, who represents the alleged victim in the Patrick Kane sexual assault investigation, told a press conference yesterday the bag containing the rape kit used to collect DNA evidence was tampered with and left on the doorstep of the victim’s mother. The Erie County (N.Y.) Commissioner of Central Police Services subsequently released a statement refuting Eoannou’s claim, stating they are still in possession of the original evidence, but promised to cooperate with “any authorized investigation” regarding its handling of evidence and procedure.
Eric Macramalla weighed in on the situation, explaining what a rape kit is, its importance in a rape or sexual assault case, and the steps necessary to determine if the kit in the Kane investigation was indeed tampered with.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell explains how the Blackhawks and the NHL are caught in the middle of this situation and why they haven’t suspended Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yesterday’s news was certainly an interesting twist in this case. An investigation may have to be launched to find out what happened here. Earlier this week, The Buffalo News reported via sources there was no DNA evidence indicating Kane had sexual intercourse with the alleged victim, but that didn’t necessarily mean a sexual assault didn’t take place.
Some pundits are suggesting this latest twist should force the NHL to either suspend Kane or to launch its own investigation. Neither is likely to happen. To date, Kane still hasn’t been charged with anything. Should that occur, the Blackhawks and the league will probably move swiftly to suspend him pending the outcome of a trial. As Campbell points out, suspending him now will merely look like a knee-jerk reaction by the team and the league before all the facts are in. Macramalla does a fine job explaining out why Kane hasn’t been suspended yet, as well as the difference between Kane’s investigation and Slava Voynov’s domestic violence case.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Speaking of the Blackhawks, a judge has rejected a bid by Duncan Keith’s wife for $150,000/month in spousal support. The couple separated last year and Keith was paying here $10,000/month in support and an additional $10K monthly in mortgage and other expense. Keith will instead pay $45K in spousal support and $15K in child support.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined eight weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Seidenberg later this morning in the Rumors section.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is keen to build upon his career-best performance from last season.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Chris Kunitz hopes to remain on the club’s top line this season.
CBS SPORTS: Frequently-concussed Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen understands the next bad hit he receives resulting in another concussion will mean the end of his career.
PHILLY.COM: Entering a contract year, Flyers forward Brayden Schenn faces a big season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Islanders and Barclays Center are squabbling over “the prices the team must pay the arena to provide meals for NHL off-ice officials and purchasable ones for the media.”
NATIONAL POST: A growing number of young Russian players are forsaking the money-troubled KHL for the NHL.