This just in from Chicago: The Blackhawks have released their roster for training camp, which opens Friday at Notre Dame, and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane is listed on it. That's no surprise. After all, Kane is still on the team regardless of the sexual assault investigation that's been ongoing for more than a month.
But the kicker is this -- The Chicago Sun-Times and other outlets are now reporting the team says Kane will attend camp.
Kane's status, of course, has been up in the air for weeks. And there was no way to tell what the team would or could do while their star was the subject of a grand jury investigation.
The Sun-Times says Hawks president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville will speak to the media Thursday. It will be their first public comments on the Kane situation. Players are likely to address the media as well. The team takes the ice for the first time on Friday.
Despite the Kane situation and all the roster changes they've endured since June, online bookmaker Bovada listed the Hawks as the favorites to win the Stanley Cup at 6 1/2-1 and repeat their championship in numbers released yesterday. The Sabres are at 100-1, with only 150-1 Arizona listed worse.