Wednesday's roundup: Kane investigation takes weird turn

Associated Press

Buffalo, N.Y. — A rape investigation involving Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane took a bizarre turn Wednesday when the attorney for the accuser said an empty paper bag that once held the woman’s rape kit had been secretly placed in the doorway of her mother’s home.

Kane’s attorney said both sides in the case have been told that none of Kane’s DNA was found “from the waist down” on the woman.

Police officials responded that no packaging is missing from the rape kit.

“Something seriously has gone amiss,” attorney Thomas Eoannou told reporters during a news conference, where he held up the wrinkled brown bag that he said pointed to the possibility of evidence tampering.

He said the woman’s mother discovered the bag Tuesday afternoon when she came home from work for lunch. She found the bag between a storm door and her front door, he said.

It was the first time Eoannou has spoken publicly about the case that has been the source of speculation and rumor since early August, when Kane was accused of assaulting a  woman in his waterfront mansion after meeting at a nightclub.

Kane last week said he did nothing wrong and expected to be absolved. He did not travel to Detroit for the exhibition game.

Ice chips

The Islanders named former Capitals general manager George McPhee as special adviser to GM Garth Snow.

... Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie, 25, suffered a broken bone in his right hand Monday and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. The injury will not require surgery.

... The Avalanche locked up Erik Johnson through the 2022-23 season, signing the defenseman to a seven-year extension.