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REPORT: Elliotte Friedman drops some big news regarding Patrick Kane's fate in Chicago


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Ryan
February 17, 2023  (11:44)
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One of the biggest conversation topics of the season has been what is going to happen with Patrick Kane. The three-time Stanley Cup champion is on the final year of his contract and is a UFA at seasons end. The Chicago Blackhawks are not the team they once were and with them currently going through a rebuild, all the signs point to Chicago trading their franchise star to help with the rebuild.

Kane has a full no trade clause and apparently wanted to go to the New York Rangers or the Toronto Maple Leafs, but both of those teams may not be an option, which has led to this report by Elliotte Friedman:
Spent a lot of time watching Patrick Kane the last few games. There's a few things I think here. First and foremost, I think reality setting in has been an enormous shock. No matter what was pitched to him, or what he was told, it sure seems like there was hope/desire to stay at least another season. Barring that, the Rangers were his first choice. Now, we're not looking at either option, so he's stunned.

People who know Kane are convinced he's still got plenty to offer and badly desires to show it somewhere else. Wednesday in Toronto was a perfect opportunity to make a splash on a massive stage, but it was an ugly 5-2 loss. I understand how much losing sucks, and he's reeling from what's happening. But he's got to do two things: let everyone know where he's willing to go (if anywhere) and put on a show in the meantime. Kane clearly is annoyed about the speculation surrounding his hip, but he's got to show it's not an issue.

I think Edmonton's interested, and has reached out. I think Dallas has considered it. I've wondered about Vegas, and my belief is Toronto wants to know whether or not it's actually in the mix before considering anything. As one GM said Wednesday, «If Patrick Kane is interested in you, you have to think about it.» This is a complicated deal, and I'm not sure how much longer anyone is willing to wait. You don't want to be the abandoned bride at the altar.

Moving this large contract of Kane's wont be easy, but if a team really wants someone who is going to add experience and a load of skill, you could not get someone better than Kane.
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