It seems we can’t go an offseason without some sort of drunken mishap from the star winger. This summer has already included an adventure in Madison, Wisconsin, with alleged violence against women and blackout drunkenness. Pretty much what you’d expect from any frat star on a college campus, but not an NHL superstar.
Not that Kane should be sitting at home on weekend nights catching up on the latest episodes of Mad Men, an activity I’d expect more out of Jonathan Toews. Kane is 23 and has more money than he knows what to do with. Let him have his fun.
But when it gets to be an embarrassment to the organization, there is an issue. With these latest photos, Kane is walking a fine line that is going to make someone at the top of the Hawks’ front office very unhappy.
I’m not suggesting the Hawks will trade Kane over this. They could use his lackluster 2011-2012 season as an excuse to do that. But I’d expect some sort of meeting with the top dogs in the organization that features plenty of fingerwaving.
If this was a case where Kane had a great year and the Hawks played their tails off in that first round loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, then it would be a different story and these allegations wouldn’t be as big of an issue. But he didn’t, and the Hawk didn’t, with both underachieving all year.
Eventually, it’s going to get to the point where “it’s just Kaner being Kaner” is no longer an acceptable excuse. I’m all for the lives of athletes remaining private, only Kane’s isn’t. And he doesn’t seem to mind so much. I bet the Blackhawks do, though, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it moving forward.
No one is expecting Patrick Kane to be a saint, especially with what we know of his personality at this point. But he either needs to tone it down, not the route I’d expect him to take, or learn how to control his liquor a little better so he can avoid these types of situations in the future.