Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane won’t be suiting up Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators due to a team-imposed suspension.
Kane, 24, found himself in hot water Monday after he reportedly slept in and missed Monday’s practice. Coach Dan Bylsma delivered the news to media after the Sabres practiced, and, per The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington, Kane will not be with the team when they head to Ottawa for Tuesday’s game.
"He slept in, called (GM Tim Murray) and myself, broke a team rule,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said post-practice Monday. "We'll be dealing with it internally but he will not be playing in Ottawa. I'm disappointed.”
Kane was in attendance at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night and posted photos of his tickets and himself with his sister at the game, but Bylsma said he had no issue with Kane taking in the NBA’s all-star festivities. Bylsma said the team left the First Niagara Center around 3:30 p.m., which gave Kane plenty of time to head to Toronto for the game and then head back to Buffalo.
"He could have made it to the game just fine and back,” Bylsma said.
According to Harrington, Kane posted videos on Snapchat of he and others drinking post-game . The videos have been deleted.
Kane has been one of the hotter goal scorers in Buffalo this season and has 16 goals in 47 games for the Sabres. His 24 points rank sixth on the Sabres, but he’s been one of the most heavily relied upon skaters for Buffalo all season. Through 47 games, he has averaged 21 minutes per game. The only Sabres forward with more ice time is Ryan O’Reilly.
Kane is playing in his first season with the Sabres after he was acquired by Buffalo in an eight-player trade Feb. 11, 2015. Following this campaign, Kane has two years remaining on a six-year, $31.5-million deal he inked in September 2012. Before landing with the Sabres, Kane said he asked the Winnipeg Jets, his former team, to trade him during every off-season.
This is the second time Kane has found himself involved in off-ice issues this season. Kane is reportedly under investigation for an off-ice incident involving a woman that occurred at a hotel room on Dec. 27.