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Eddie Olczyk 'trusts' decision by Blackhawks to allow Kane at camp

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Eddie Olczyk 'trusts' decision by Blackhawks to allow Kane at camp

Despite the ongoing police investigation in his hometown of Buffalo, Patrick Kane is expected to attend Blackhawks training camp this weekend.

Is this the right move?

On one hand, Kane's presence may cause a distraction. On the other, he has not been charged with a crime and deserves the right for the legal process to play itself out.

[MORE: Blackhawks release training camp roster]

CSN Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk joined Kap and Co. on ESPN 1000 to discuss the decision.

"I trust the decision that the organization will make, is going to make, (and) any move that they make," he said. "Obviously these are types of decisions made by (Chairman) Rocky Wirtz, (President & CEO) John McDonough, (Executive Vice President) Jay Blunk.

"... A lot of people have asked me about it, and I have no idea. I have no idea what's going on and until we have information then you can go ahead and elaborate."

Joel Quenneville is entering his 19th season as an NHL head coach, and this may be his most challenging training camp yet.

Not only will he be tasked with trying to get many young and new faces acclimated with the Blackhawks' style of play, but he must do so while attempting to prevent off-ice issues from distracting on-ice play.

[RELATED: CSN to carry live/on-air coverage of Blackhawks press conference from practice tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.]

But Olczyk is confident the Blackhawks head coach will know how to handle the situation.

"Joel's been around the block. There are very few guys that have the experience to be able to handle really any situation," Olczyk said. "Again, nobody knows what's going on. He's a player, and he's on the roster.

"We'll see what happens in the next couple of days and go from there, but as far as Joel and his staff, Joel will handle it perfectly."

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.