The woman accusing Patrick Kane of rape reportedly no longer wants to cooperate in the investigation.
The Buffalo News, citing several sources, reported this morning that the woman has told the Eric County District Attorney’s office that she does not want to participate in the investigation, which has been ongoing for about three months.
Kane has been under investigation since early August, when the woman accused him of raping her at his Hamburg, N.Y., home. The BuffaloNews reported late Saturday night, once again citing several sources, that it was unlikely Kane would face charges in the investigation.
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On Sunday, Kane said he wasn’t going to comment on reports – “for me to comment on that would be going against what we’ve been doing the whole time so I’m not really going to say much about it until the district attorney addresses everything and makes his decision,” he said. He basically reiterated that on Tuesday, saying he'll answer questions about hockey but not the investigation while it's still ongoing.
“Like I said, if you guys have questions about the game against St. Louis or the game last night, I’ll answer those,” Kane said. “But there’s no point in me answering anything else right now. Nothing’s happened.”
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III, when reached by the Buffalo News, would neither confirm nor deny the newspaper’s latest report.
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Corey Crawford was officially activated from injured reserve on Thursday and will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes.
"It’s exciting," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."
The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.
"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."
To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks have assigned forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.
For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.
Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.