Blackhawks: Reacting to a hypothetical trade involving Patrick Kane

Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane #88 Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane #88 Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

With the Chicago Blackhawks announcing a rebuild a few weeks back, I understand why some fans might believe Patrick Kane could be shipped to their team, but the truth is that it is not happening anytime soon.

Patrick Kane‘s name has been brought up a lot the past few days on my Twitter feed. First, it was the fact that he was ranked fifth by NHL Network for the top wingers in the league, and then earlier today, the news dropped that Kane’s trainer believes he can play until Kane is 50. However, before both of those things, there have been many hypothetical mock trades involving the Blackhawks’ brightest star.

I am a big believer that Patrick Kane is going to finish his career with the Chicago Blackhawks. While Kane could definitely bring in some big assets in a trade, they also would be losing the potential best player in franchise history.

When Alex Ovechkin talked about finishing his NHL career with the Washington Capitals, he talked about it being a matter of principle and not money. The same is true for Kane, who has been the face of the Blackhawks franchise for the past decade.

A potential trade to the Philadelphia Flyers for Travis Konecny, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Jakub Voracek will not happen. Neither will a trade involving any of these five teams via Bleacher Report. I will hand it to everyone talking about a trade involving Kane. They have acknowledged that it most likely won’t happen and that fans probably should not get their hopes up.

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Maybe I am wrong, and the Blackhawks and Kane part ways after Kane waives his no-movement clause. But because his trainer just came out and said Kane could potentially play until he is 50, I really wonder why the ‘Hawks would deal him away.

Kane has the potential to continue to be one of the team’s best players even after this rebuild is done. While I do not think he will still be at the highest level of his career, he will still be a remarkable NHL player, one that will be breaking a lot of NHL records.

Kane is not going anywhere 88 will be a Chicago Blackhawk for a long time, or at least until his contract is up. Kane is not going to be dealt in a trade. The reason being, he is a franchise player who will make the Blackhawks better even though he is now past 30 years old. Can you think of a realistic trade involving Patrick Kane you would be alright with? – Honestly, I can’t.

I know even Wayne Gretzky got traded, but until it happens, I am saying Kane will finish his career with the ‘Hawks.