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Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said Kane called him and general manager Tim Murray to let them know he wouldn’t make practice. The Sabres said he broke a team rule.
“I’m disappointed,” Bylsma said. “He could’ve made it to the game just fine and made it back.”
Kane’s Instagram page showed that he was at the NBA’s All-Star Game in Toronto with his younger sister on Sunday. The game started at 8 p.m. eastern time. Buffalo is about 100 miles from Toronto.
Kane’s snapchat account reportedly showed more provocative pics from the weekend, but has since been cut down.
Kane was also healthy scratch last season with the Winnipeg Jets for a dress code violation, where he wore a track suit to a team meeting. Kane eventually had shoulder surgery and was traded to the Sabres. He is currently the subject of a sex offense investigation where Kane has said he did “nothing wrong.”
Last season, Murray said, “I’m not worried about his character” after making the trade for Kane.
Said Sabres captain Brian Gionta last year, “It’s a clean slate. Nobody knows the situation that’s happened in the past. Coming in, he’s going to be accepted and brought into the room. … He’ll be treated like everybody else.”
Kane has 16 goals and eight assists in 47 games with the Sabres this season.
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