A team source told the Chicago-Sun Times yesterday that the Blackhawks were concerned by Patrick Kane‘s partying ways and have suggested he seek help:
“He’s obviously got some issues,” the source said. “How many more times can these things happen? It’s a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window.”
Stan Bowman also commented on Kane’s partying for the first time on Tuesday:
“We are aware of that situation,” Bowman said when asked by the Sun-Times about Kane. “We followed it closely. It was one of those things where we’ve discussed it with Patrick. We’ve handled that internally.
“We’re obviously disappointed with how it played it out, and Patrick is aware of that fact. But at this point, it’s a private matter. I think, out of respect for Patrick, we’re not going to comment further. We’re going to look forward and try to focus on things in improving our team leading into the summer.”
Does this mean that Kane is most definitely going to rehab? I don’t know. And, really, is it any of our business? Let’s just hope he gets it together and comes back next season ready to win.
One person who isn’t worried about Kane? Patrick Sharp, according to the Sun-Times:
“He lives a pretty famous lifestyle. Everyone can recognize him wherever he goes and he’s in the public eye quite a bit,” Sharp said. “I think it’s more of a personal matter, to be honest with you as far as everything that he is dealing with. It’s better that he answers those questions. He’s my friend, he’s my teammate, I love the guy and I’m going to be behind him no matter what.”
The two are close and Sharp, 30, said he and Kane, 23, often talks with Kane about the responsibilities involved in being a professional hockey player.
“Sure, we talk all the time about what it is to be a professional and how to carry yourself and I think a guy like Kaner, he knows that,” Sharp said. “It’s just he finds himself getting his picture taken because of who he is. There’s nothing that I’m going to say to him that is going to help him. He’s a kid with a good head on his shoulders and I’m not worried about him at all.”
Keep being flawless, Sharp.
Bowman knows that replacing Mike Haviland will be a tall order:
“[The coaching search] doesn’t get as much attention, but it’s an important part for us internally,” Bowman said after the GM meetings in New York before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in New Jersey.
“The important thing is to do it right. You don’t have to do it fast necessarily, but we’ve got some ideas on how we want to handle that, and I would expect in the next little bit here we’re going to dive into that and try to get our staff in order.”
He also commented on the state of Marian Hossa‘s health:
“I’ve gotten reports from our medical staff. They contact him very regularly, and he’s doing much better,” Bowman said. “I think we’re sitting here in May and projecting out to training camp in September. I can’t predict it, but I would be very encouraged that he would be ready to participate by then.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Blackhawks prospect Alex Broadhurst was among seven USHL players named to the All-USHL First Team.
The forward from New Lenox, Illinois was third in USHL scoring with 73 points (26g, 47a) in 53 regular season games. He tied for sixth overall in the League with a plus-32 rating and his six game-winning goals were the fourth most in the USHL. Broadhurst finished the regular season riding a six-game point streak in which he accumulated 15 points (3g, 12a). He led the League in playoff scoring with 18 points (9g, 9a) in 12 games and was also tops with a plus-16 rating. Broadhurst also recorded the first-ever shorthanded hat trick in USHL history. The 19-year-old was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Draft following his rookie USHL season. (USHL)