Sabres winger Evander Kane and Las Vegas are forever connected by his Twitter and Instagram photos of his "money phone" and his "money pushups" that caused quite a stir during his days with the Winnipeg Jets.
So after he took part in the NHL Prospects Clinc Thursday in HarborCenter, it was natural to see what Kane thought of the NHL's move to Sin City. Las Vegas earned the nod as the league's 31st team Wednesday night in a unanimous vote of the league's Board of Governors.
"I think a lot of people think it's going to be good for the league or else they wouldn't have gotten
a team," Kane said. " I think it's going to be interesting having a professional sports team in Vegas. Hopefully it will do well."
The Nevada hub is one of the most burgeoning cities in the United States but most of the focus, of course, is on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The home of the team, T-Mobile Arena, opened in April behind the New York New York casino.
"I'm not too familiar with the rest of Vegas, I won't lie to you on that," Kane said. " But it's a big city with a lot of surrounding areas and suburbs that I'm sure guys will be able to live out there."
But as for visitors, how much of the distraction factor will impact their play on the ice?
"It's probably going to be business as usual really," Kane said. "There's a lot of fun cities throughout the league. New York, LA. I don't really see it being that much different than those types of cities."