You may have heard about the spat that took place between Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane and Justin Falk, yesterday, as the two players got into a heated fight during Wednesday's practice.
Though the two men quickly downplayed the incident, as Falk told Kane he was "selfish" during the team's skate, it seems to be quite more serious from the club than what they're putting it out to be. The incident took place after Kane injured one of his own teammate during a drill.
Selfish you want to say?
Video by Ted Goldberg of the Buffalo Spectrum News shows Kane checked Zach Bogosian into the boards as he skated with the puck behind the net during a drill. Bogosian stayed on his feet but fell to the ice with Kane a few moments later in the corner of the rink. He was unable to put weight on his left leg as he left the ice.
The argument between Kane and Falk happened minutes after Bogosian was injured in practice on Wednesday. Falk entered into a heated exchange with Kane and, according to Goldberg, told him to "shut the (expletive) up."
Now, it gets worse...
After practice, it was revealed that Bogosian will miss from four to six weeks with a lower-body injury.
The 27-year-old blue liner missed 44 games over the past two seasons and 25 games this season, and he's now on pace to finish with the fewest appearances since joining the Sabres.
A trade in the works, sooner than later now?
Kane is no stranger to controversy, having already alienated himself with his Winnipeg Jets teammates so much so that Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was forced to trade Kane following an incident with Dustin Byfuglien.
Set to hit unrestricted free-agency this season and in the midst of a terrific individual campaign, Kane has been at the center of trade rumors for weeks now.
The incident might be pushing the Sabres to work harder for a trade, now that Kane seems to have put himself in the same situation he had in Winnipeg.
NHL insider Elliotte Friedman recently joined Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650 radio station to discuss the forward's future and connected the dots between the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins on a potentially major deal.
“I think they’ve had some interest in Evander Kane,” said Friedman talking about the Penguins. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they were interested in Pacioretty. They’re looking. I think if they could, they’d add a winger and a center. I wouldn’t be surprised if they could do both.”
However, it remains to be seen on where he may end up. The 26-year-old has 16 goals and 35 points in 43 points this season for a VERY underwhelming Sabres squad. He could definitely help a Cup contender, but his attitude will need to remain in check...
Nothing to worry about, the players say...
After the incident and Bogosian's injury, Kane downplayed the argument, noting the practice continued without any problem after the scuffle.
"I really don't think it's that big of a deal as you guys are gonna be making it out to be," Kane laughed as he told ABC's WKBW Buffalo. "It happens more often than maybe you guys see and, like I said, it was just a battle on one play and it was pretty quickly over after that as you guys saw."
Falk blamed the team's poor performance, stating the frustrations of the Sabres season boiled over.
"It was just stir the moment," Falk added to WKBW. "Emotions are running high this time of year, where we're at. Personally, everyone's got a different situation they're in. Heat of the moment, it boiled over. To be honest maybe a little bit more of stuff like that is what we need (to) get things going here. Get guys playing with a bit more passion and a bit more urgency to help right the ship here."
But now, the consequences will be a constant reminder as Bogosian will be sidelined for quite a while...
Buffalo, who sits last in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind the Ottawa Senators, will face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, after a six-day break.