It’s clear that the veteran management within the Chicago Blackhawks dressing room is disillusioned within the route of the franchise in the previous couple of months, promoting off younger, core items for future belongings. General supervisor Kyle Davidson has advised it is going to be a five-plus 12 months rebuild, one thing that does not sound interesting to captain Jonathan Toews.
Unlike Toews, who has struggled in recent times to remain wholesome and productive, Patrick Kane remains to be one of the crucial dynamic offensive gamers within the league and would possible draw a crowd if made obtainable. While David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period tweets that the Blackhawks have engaged in commerce discussions relating to Kane and lists the Dallas Stars as one of many groups with current curiosity, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic has thrown chilly water on any hypothesis. Lazerus has been knowledgeable by a supply that there have been no commerce talks to this point, though he admits that groups are possible “sniffing round” on the celebrity ahead.
Kane, in fact, holds many of the energy right here, with a full no-movement clause that enables him to dictate who he will be traded to, and when. If he wished to remain in Chicago for the ultimate 12 months of his present contract, there’s nothing that the Blackhawks may do about it. If he is keen to maneuver although, it represents one other high-priced asset that would enable Davidson so as to add much more expertise to the crew down the street.
For many followers in Chicago although, buying and selling Kane (or Toews) is extra than simply transferring out an asset. The first-overall decide in 2007 has spent his total profession with the Blackhawks, successful three Stanley Cup championships, a Calder Trophy, the Hart, Pearson, and Art Ross all in the identical 12 months, and a Conn Smythe. He has 1,180 factors in 1,107 video games and could be a lock for the Hall of Fame even when he retired at the moment.
At 33, he’s nonetheless very a lot a dominant presence within the NHL and scored 92 factors simply this previous season. That really is perhaps a part of the rationale why the Blackhawks would need to transfer him within the first place. In a season wherein they seem like tanking for the most effective odds within the 2023 draft, Kane’s presence may probably elevate teammates to aggressive standing and assist them win too many video games.
So whereas Toews has been vocal with a few of his frustration, Kane stays the participant most followers are centered on this offseason. If he provides the okay, there’ll possible be an arms race to attempt to purchase him, particularly if the Blackhawks are keen to retain half of his remaining contract (and why would not they, actually). Kane carries a cap hit of $10.5MM however is due simply $6.9MM this season, with $4MM of that to be paid in signing bonuses.
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