When he traded for Evander Kane, Sabres GM Tim Murray grew indignant when I said Kane was a character risk. “I made a trade for him,” Murray said, “so I’m not worried about his character.”
He can worry now. Kane was charged Friday with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment for an incident at a Buffalo night club early on June 24. The charges are mostly minor. The questions about his character are not.
Kane came with a reputation as a trouble child. Last year, he was suspected of sexual assault after a downtown incident, though he wasn’t charged. He missed a practice in February because he put partying at the NBA All-Star game ahead of his team.
He has lost the benefit of the doubt. There were rumors at the draft that the Sabres might dump Kane, which would be an embarrassment. They overpaid in the trade and gave him a six-year, $31.5 million contract.
Murray wants Kane to stop putting himself in bad situations. Putting the puck in the net more often would help, too. Murray put his reputation on the line for Kane; the kid is trampling on it.