Evander Kane, who is the subject of sex-offense investigation by Buffalo police, said Monday he has done nothing wrong.
"Obviously, you guys are all aware of the situation that occurred or that’s going on right now," the Sabres forward said in First Niagara Center. "There’s not a whole lot I can say. I just want to say I’ve done nothing wrong. I look forward to clearing my name.
"I respect the legal process and unfortunately at this time there’s not much more I can talk about it."
Kane then departed the media scrum in the Sabres' dressing room without taking questions.
The left winger addressed his teammates before the morning skate, then took part in the workout. He skated on his regular line and will play Monday night against Washington.
"He was happy to be on the ice with his team this morning," said coach Dan Bylsma, who acknowledged he has worries about Kane's mindset heading into the game. "Evander did speak to the team this morning before the morning skate. Beyond that, I’m not going to comment on what went on and what he said in the room."
Kane's teammates, who watched the media gather for Kane in one side of the room, say they can't let the investigation affect their play.
"The bottom line is when we’re in this room we have to worry about hockey, and that’s what we have to do," captain Brian Gionta said. "Lots of things happen. That’s for him to deal with. It’s part of being a professional is trying to separate things."