Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers
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Evander Kane Shares his Take on the Morgan Rielly Hit

Published February 14, 2024 at 9:09

It's been the talk of the hockey world since it happened. Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs cross-check to Ridly Greig of the Ottawa Senators after an empty-net goal has seen opinions on the play from all over the NHL. Now, Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers is adding his take.

Evander Kane Weighs in on Morgan Rielly's Cross-check

Kane is certainly no stranger to controversy on and off the ice. It's followed him his entire career. As for the Rielly cross-check, Kane has an interesting take, saying he had no issue with the slapper into the empty net, or the way Rielly responded to it.


"The slap shot? I mean, I don't have any issues with it. It's great. But at the same time, I think, as a lot of people say, the Rielly response is appropriate. I'm sure he wasn't trying to crosscheck him in the head.

A lot of these crosschecks, sometimes they ride up the shoulder and then end up getting the guy in the head. I've had that happen to me before, in the past."

At the end of the day, Kane says the debate around the incident is good for the game.

"I think it's entertaining, I think it's good for the game,» Kane said. «I'm from Toronto, I don't love it and am probably going to respond the same way. So, either way it's entertaining."

Rielly's Cross-check to Greig Earns Him a Five-game Suspension

Rielly learned yesterday that he would sit for five games for his actions. As a result, he will forfeit close to $450,000 in salary. It is possible to appeal the suspension, although being less than six games means the appeal will be decided by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and not an independent arbitrator. I'm not sure I've seen an appeal yet where Bettman did not agree with the sentence from the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
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Evander Kane Shares his Take on the Morgan Rielly Hit

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