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Patrick Kane decides to spend this offseason in Chicago

After winning the Stanley Cup last season, Patrick Kane went home to Buffalo and the celebration turned into a nightmare. This offseason he's staying put in Chicago.

Kane was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Buffalo-area home in August, and an investigation ensued. Kane was never charged, and the Erie County district attorney eventually dismissed the allegation due to a lack of credible evidence, but the damage was done for all involved.

Though a source told the Chicago Sun-Times that the team asked Kane to stay in Chicago this offseason, a spokesperson for the Blackhawks and Kane said it was his decision.

Kane, who is in Chicago for Wednesday's NHL awards show, wouldn't tell the newspaper why he was staying in Chicago but did say he would still visit his Buffalo home.

Kane would talk about the 106-point season that made him the first American to win the scoring title and will likely result in him winning the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP.

"I'm pretty happy with where my game was at during the regular season last year," he said, according to the Sun-Times. "I still think there are some ways I can improve. ... As a competitive player, you always want to work on everything. You want to work on every part of your game and make sure it's getting better. That's what I'll probably try to do this offseason. Then I'll probably stay off the ice for a little bit, try to get my body where I want it."

Kane said he found inspiration in watching the NBA Finals.

"It's been a lot of fun watching LeBron do what he did in the Finals, and you can kind of take motivation from that, too -- how hard he's worked and what he's done in his career," Kane said, according to the newspaper. "He's a player, too, that has had a lot of critics and a lot of people that maybe you could call haters or whatever, and he's silenced them. Can't really talk about him anymore. It gives you motivation, for sure."


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