Ramblings: E. Kane Gambling Allegations, Bertuzzi Signs, Kuemper, Nedeljkovic (Aug 1)

Ian Gooding

2021-08-01

Following a series of Instagram posts from Evander Kane's wife, the NHL put out a statement that it plans to conduct a full investigation on claims that Kane bet on his own team's games.

Professional sports leagues take team members betting on games very seriously. This reminds me of when Pete Rose was given a lifetime ban from MLB for betting on games, including allegedly ones involving his own team. If these allegations are true, Kane could be looking at some sort of suspension, or is perhaps given a leave of absence while he receives treatment for what seems like a very serious gambling addiction.

Kane had gone bankrupt before the 2021 season, so reading through his wife's messages, the compulsive gambling would appear to explain why a millionaire athlete would need to declare bankruptcy. As someone who had a close friend with financial problems resulting from a gambling addiction, I hope Kane gets the help that he needs, as does his wife and young child.

There were plenty of signings to quickly break down from Saturday.

Early in the day, the Leafs signed Nick Ritchie to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million. For more, see our Fantasy Take.

The Hurricanes have signed Derek Stepan to a one-year, $1.35 million contract. Stepan's only season with the Senators ended with just a goal and six points in 20 games before season-ending shoulder surgery. Stepan reached the 50-point mark for five consecutive seasons with the Rangers and Coyotes, but he has trailed off in the last few years. This signing is low risk, although Stepan will likely have to start on the fourth line behind Sebastian Aho, Vincent Trocheck, and Jordan Staal at center.

Riley Nash is on the move again, signing a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Jets. Fresh off a 41-point season with the Bruins in 2017-18, Nash signed with the Blue Jackets before being traded to the Maple Leafs at the dea