The Sabres issued a terse, two-sentence statement on Evander Kane's arrest Friday. It says simply: "We are aware of the charges against Evander Kane stemming from an incident last month. Our organization will have no further comment at this time.”
General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma did have several things to say about the situation during draft week and neither man was pleased, as you would expect.
Before details of the June 24 incident were revealed, Murray said the team would have to "come up with a different plan of attack" for how Kane deals with social situations.
Bylsma's take was "I'm not pleased to see the headline."
TSN's Darren Dreger reports the NHL is monitoring the Kane situation but will take no disciplinary action against him. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Kane could be directed to the NHL/NHLPA Behavioral Health professionals for evaluation and counseling, if necessary. It's a standard stance for the league, the same one it took for Ryan O'Reilly's DUI arrest last summer.
Kane has a cap hit of $5.25 million each of the next two seasons and it's known the Sabres were at least talking to teams earlier this month about a trade, but Murray is known to constantly be talking about many of its players.
Social media exploded with people saying the Sabres should waive Kane and be rid of the headache. But this isn't the NFL, where teams can simply toss dozens of players aside at will. If you're thinking buyout, that window is passed -- and Kane would be on your cap for four more years. Not happening.
Remember, contracts in the NHL are guaranteed. You can put Kane on waivers, but what team is taking him at his price with his current situation? And there's no longer cap relief for stashing players in the minor leagues either.
Players can have contracts terminated but that's exceptionally difficult to do, as the Players' Association would immediately grieve any decision. The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards' contract after he was arrested for transporting controlled substances across the Canadian border but eventually reached a settlement after the grievance. The team also tried to terminate Slava Voynov's contract for a domestic violence charge but that case ended when Voynov opted to return to Russia.
It seems outlandish to think the Sabres would even consider that route for a misdemeanor charge.