Evander Kane is making headlines for his bad attitude and lack of appreciation for the life he’s been able to live. At least, that’s what most of the public is saying.
Technically he’s making headlines for sleeping in and missing practice. More specifically, he’s being scratched for going to the NBA All-Star game and not making it back in time. The other inferences are open to interpretation.
This isn’t the first time this season players have missed practice. Capitals franchise player Alexander Ovechkin was scratched for a game in October because he slept through the morning skate. In early February, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Lance Bouma, key players for the Calgary Flames, took seats in the press box for being late for practice.
In both of those cases, fans were a little more understanding.
The Ovechkin situation was more forgivable as it was announced he just set the alarm for PM instead of AM. The cry was to let him play and find another punishment.
The Flames players, however, attended a SuperBowl party the night before and most assume they weren’t necessarily recovered the next morning. That’s more in line with Kane, and yet the fans were definitely wondering if there might be a different way to discipline these guys with the Flames in a playoff race.
Looking at the recent comments, Kane is seeing no such mercy. The suggestions range from suspending him for 3 games, to trading him, to kicking him out of the league.
I for one am fine with the one game for Kane at this point. I do have a feeling Kane will be further dealt with over the course of the next couple of days.
Apparently the NHL fan base isn’t willing to give Kane a clean slate in his new surroundings. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds over the next two or so years as Buffalo starts its climb back into relevancy, or if he’ll even remain to be a part of it.