Deep Blue Sea: Kane assault case moves to lift stay

Plus, Joel Quenneville out as Panthers head coach, Kevin Cheveldayoff meeting with Gary Bettman and more on today’s news and notes.

If you thought things couldn’t get worse for Evander Kane, you were most definitely wrong.

The San Jose Sharks forward may be facing more trouble, as the victim in his 2015 sexual assault investigation is now asking the bankruptcy court to allow her case to proceed, per Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic.

Rachel Kuechle has asked the federal bankruptcy court to partially lift the stay on her lawsuit filed five years ago, which could lead to more messy legal issues with Kane.

In January, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which has since led to four different lawsuits in the process, including both Kuechle’s case and Hope Parker’s 2018 suit which claims that Kane financially coerced her into terminating multiple pregnancies, but never made good on the financial promise. Parker’s case is currently in discovery with the California state court. Kuechle is hoping for them to allow her case to re-commence in New York state court, where it has been stayed since Kane filed for bankruptcy.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in 2016, Kuechle accused Kane of physical assault, though her recent relief-from-stay motion in bankruptcy describes it as a sexual assault.

The motion states that Kane sexually assaulted Kuechle in Buffalo, New York, after midnight on Dec. 27, 2015. The details describe that Kane and Kuechle met on the evening of Dec. 26 at a restaurant, where Kane then provided her alcohol and invited her to the Buffalo Marriott Harbor Center, under the false impression that she would be attending a party in his hotel room.

When the pair got to the hotel room, Kuechle states that Kane inflicted battery on her, causing her to suffer bodily injuries including lacerations, extensive bleeding that required multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, and caused “serious emotional trauma,” per the complaint.

Kuechle is arguing that since Kane is covered by insurance in this case, it would have no impact on his assets in the bankruptcy, but Kane can still oppose the motion, as he may not want to go to trial.

If the bankruptcy judge approves of the case, the trial could be ready within three-to-six months, which would be during the NHL season.

News & Notes

  • Sharks’ offense silenced as Canadiens earn rare win in San Jose [The Mercury News]
  • Sharks assistant coach Madden was interviewed as part of Blackhawks’ sex assault probe [The Mercury News]
  • NHL Rumours: Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and the NHL in Europe [Last Word on Sports]
  • Did former Sharks star Joe Thornton sell Bay Area home? [YardBarker]/

Blood in the Water

  • Quenneville resigns as Panthers coach after meeting with Bettman [Sportsnet]
  • Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff meeting Bettman on Friday [Sportsnet]
  • Ex-Blackhawk Duncan Keith wasn’t questioned in Brad Aldrich investigation [The Athletic]
  • Vegas Golden Knights sign Ben Hutton [Pro Hockey Rumors]
  • Mason McTavish sent to AHL on conditioning loan [Pro Hockey Rumors]
  • Capitals’ T.J. Oshie ‘week-to-week’ with lower-body injury []
  • Golden Knights sign Whitecloud to 6-year extension [TheScore]
  • Minnesota Wild leading scorer Mats Zuccarello, Rem Pitlick enter COVID-19 protocol [ESPN]/

Scores & Recaps

  • Arizona Coyotes 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
  • Calgary Flames 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
  • Boston Bruins 0, Carolina Hurricanes 3
  • Colorado Avalanche 4, St. Louis Blues 3
  • Buffalo Sabres 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 (OT)
  • Philadelphia Flyers 2, Vancouver Canucks 1
  • Minnesota Wild 1, Seattle Kraken 4
  • Montreal Canadiens 4, San Jose Sharks 0
  • Winnipeg Jets 3, Los Angeles Kings 2/

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