The benching of Evander Kane will last one game. He says he learned a lesson from it. His coach sure hopes so.
Kane, who sat out Tuesday in Ottawa after missing practice, will return the lineup when the Sabres visit Columbus on Friday. The left winger is expected to resume his top-line spot alongside center Ryan O’Reilly and right wing Sam Reinhart.
“It’s always good when you can get back on the ice and get back to doing what you love,” Kane said Thursday in First Niagara Center. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice and helping the team win.
“I’m going to make sure this doesn’t happen again and I’m not in the same situation again because it’s not a trend I want to be a part of. For me, it was definitely a lesson. I’m going to make sure it is a lesson learned.”
Coach Dan Bylsma has no doubt the message sent by the benching soaked in. Now it’s a matter of finding out how deeply it went.
“I have great optimism that it’s a lesson learned, to be quite frank,” Bylsma said. “It’s one he also has to start to show, continue to show that he has learned that lesson. I’m extremely optimistic that that’s the direction he’s heading in.”