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Sabres' Gionta on Kane: 'Hopefully, he’s still maturing'

The opening of training camp is a time of renewal. Sabres captain Brian Gionta hopes the organization sees a new Evander Kane.

"I would hope that he wants to stay a little more low profile around things," Gionta said Thursday in KeyBank Center. "I think on the ice he can give us a certain dimension that we need and that we want for a teammate to come in and work hard the way he does and play the game hard. Hopefully, he’s still maturing as an individual off the ice."

Kane is in the midst of two legal battles, one stemming from a sexual assault allegation in December and a second involving late-night incidents at a downtown bar in June. The left winger joined his teammates for camp physicals and is expected to address the media.

"Whenever you represent a team, you want to represent it to the best character and have those character guys," Gionta said. "You’re representing the logo, and that’s what everybody has to have in mind no matter what you’re doing."

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