There were rumors that Patrick Kane could be traded during the trade deadline. While that did not happen, teams were very interested in at least inquiring about the possibility of it taking place. In fact, it was reported that the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Rangers both made such an inquiry.
Patrick Kane Will Decide His Fate
General manager Kyle David has mentioned that he will keep both Kane and captain Jonathan Toews in the loop as to his future plans for the team. Davidson has already mentioned that he wishes to go through a rebuild. That became very evident when he traded young Brandon Hagel to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline. Hagel had 37 points with 21 goals. If any player should have been part of a rebuild. it should have been Hagel.
Kane can decide his own fate since he has a no-movement clause in his $10.5 million contract through 2022-23. He will be a most sought-after free agent if he doesn’t agree to trade before that.
Patrick Kane May Not Want to be Part of a Rebuild
Let’s face it, at 33-years-old a player doesn’t really want to be included in a rebuild. That becomes especially true for Kane who has three Stanley Cup rings. To go back to playing on a mediocre team may not please him. He certainly must want to be part of another championship-level team to win it all again. At this point, it doesn’t seem that Kane is ready to make a move.
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Yet, IF and WHEN Kane becomes impatient and wants to make a move to a contender, he will not have a shortage of suitors. His NHL career of 1,092 games with 425 goals, 742 assists totalling 1,167 points shows his constant production is a valuable commodity. He’s no slouch in the playoffs either with 136 games gathering 52 goals and 80 assists.
Evaluating Where He Could Go
Imagine the addition of a Patrick Kane to an already loaded Colorado Avalanche team. It was huge news that before the trade deadline, the Avalanche had called about the possibility of acquiring Kane, and what that may look like.
With both Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky pending UFAs, you’ve got to figure that the Avs are thinking of fortifying their lineup with a guy like Kane. If anything happens, it may occur around the NHL draft when many deals are consummated. Adding Kane, wouldn’t be cheap. He could still demand a contract in the range he is currently receiving, and deservedly so. Even if the Avs win the Cup this year, adding a player with Kane’s offensive clout will assure them of future success. That also could convince Patrick that if he were to agree to be moved, he would be with a proven winner.
The Avs will have about $27.5 million in cap space for next season. Of course, besides Kadri (who may require a huge increase) and Burakovsky, they also need to think about re-signing newly acquired Josh Manson and free-agent goalie Darcy Kuemper. That will eat away at their cap space. Include in that bunch Artturi Lehkonen who will also be up for a new contract as an RFA.
What Return Could be Expected
To get something, one must give up something. Av’s GM Joe Sakic is quite aware of that. He does have young players like Alex Newhook and Samuel Girard he could offer up in a Kane trade scenario. Whether he wants to commit to losing one of those young prospects is debatable. From Chicago’s point of view going into a rebuild will require young players and draft picks. Colorado has their first-rounder for 2023, and the Blackhawks may require it to make a deal work. There’s nothing like a predicted good draft to make a rebuild work… just ask Arizona Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong.
It may just be that Patrick Kane avoids the temptation to go to a contender and stays put in Chicago. He has played his entire 15-year career in the Windy City and may just feel like staying put. That in the end will be his decision. Will he stay or will he go? He will be undergoing some deep thoughts to determine what to do. A player of his calibre is certainly going to be considering what’s best for him and his career objectives. He is a winner, and staying with a rebuild may not be in his DNA.
We’ll need to wait until this summer to see how all this works out. For now, Kane is still a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
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