Reason 2: The Return
Obviously, dishing Kane out this season would allow for some pretty nice returns for the Blackhawks. Multiple first round draft picks would likely be involved, as well as some serious young talent. Players like Trevor Zegras, Cole Caulfield, and Kaapo Kakko are all names and the types of players the Hawks could receive in a Patrick Kane trade deal.
The return in a trade like this is especially important for the Blackhawks. Currently, no matter how poorly the Blackhawks finish their season, the draft pick associated with their finish is property of the Columbus Blue Jackets from the Seth Jones trade. Loading up on high draft picks is possible when trading Kane. This obviously paves the way to find the next Patrick Kane for the Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane’s current contract is also nearing its completion as it expires after next season. Rather than potentially losing a player of his caliber for nothing, trade him while he still has an extremely high value.
Finally, this trade would also free up some salary cap space for the Blackhawks. This gives them the option to sign new players out of free agency, and pay current ones like Kirby Dach and Alex DeBrincat.