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Much unknown in Patrick Kane investigation amid reports of grand jury delay

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Much unknown in Patrick Kane investigation amid reports of grand jury delay

There is still so much that is unknown regarding the Patrick Kane investigation. And with a little more than a week to go before the Blackhawks begin training camp, whether Kane will attend is also unknown.

There has been no update as to whether or not Kane will join the Blackhawks when they open training camp at the University of Notre Dame next weekend, according to a team spokesperson.

Kane has been under investigation since early August, when a woman accused him of raping her at his Buffalo-area home. He has not been charged with any crime.

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Several outlets reported that the grand jury investigation into rape allegations, which was slated to begin on Tuesday afternoon, was postponed. The reason for the delay is unknown. The Buffalo News, citing two sources, said the delay “appears to involve the possibility of ongoing settlement talks between attorneys for Kane and the alleged victim.” But in a WGRZ story, anchor Scott Levin said a source told him that there have been no settlement talks between either side’s attorneys.

Pat Brisson, Kane’s agent, spoke to Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday about the matter.

“It’s under investigation. Patrick’s always been honest with me, and I do believe what he tells me. I believe he’s innocent in this whole thing. But we have to follow the law, we have to follow what’s going on. The hardest part is to see people jumping to the conclusions that he’s done this, done that. It’s been, what, a month now? Five weeks? And I just can’t wait for him to get back on track with his life. So on a day-to-day basis we talk. Obviously I’ve followed the advice of the legal council, we have to follow that guideline. But we’ll see where it’s going to take him. Hopefully soon we’ll have a conclusion to this whole thing.”

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.