NHL notebook: Kane unlikely to face criminal charges

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Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is not expected to face criminal charges from allegations that he raped a woman, three sources told the Buffalo News.

Kane, 26, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his waterfront mansion outside Buffalo on Aug. 2. He has denied any wrongdoing but has never publicly discussed the events of that night. The News reported on Sept. 19 that DNA evidence obtained during the police investigation did not support the woman’s allegation that she was raped, and her lawyer announced three days later that someone had left a rape kit at her mother’s house.

The lawyer then abruptly quit the case the following day, citing false information he was given by the mother regarding the bag left at her house.

An investigation by Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita’s office revealed that the incident with the bag was an “elaborate hoax” by the alleged victim’s mother. On Sept. 26, Sedita said he was questioning the validity of the case, and on Friday two sources told The News that no presentation of evidence of the alleged rape to a grand jury was expected.

When asked about the latest report that Kane is not likely to face charges, Sedita said, “I am waiting for the investigation to be completed to my satisfaction and to confer with the assigned prosecutor, who is on her vacation six time zones away, before announcing anything further.”

—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be out for at least a week with a lower-body injury, the team announced Sunday.

Price was hurt during the Canadiens’ 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Mike Condon, a 25-year-old rookie, was to start in place of Price on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets. The Canadiens called up goalie Dustin Tokarski from St. John’s of the American Hockey League while Price is sidelined.

—The Philadelphia Flyers recalled forward Chris Conner from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

This is Conner’s first recall of the season. He is currently tied for the Phantoms team lead in goals, with four, and ranks second on the team with eight points in eight games.

—The Los Angeles Kings recalled defenseman Derek Forbort from the Ontario Reign of the AHL.

Forbort, 23, appeared in two games during his assignment to Ontario, going scoreless with seven shots on goal.

—The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and forward Tye McGinn from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Tampa Bay also reassigned forward Jonathan Marchessault and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to Syracuse.

—The Dallas Stars recalled forward Devin Shore from the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Shore, 21, has recorded 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in nine games with Texas this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Ajax, Ontario, was selected by Dallas in the second round (61st overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.