Being a Blackhawks fan this season has kind of been like the movie "Groundhog Day". We wake up, see tons of articles about Toews and Kane trade rumors, watch what seems like the same game we saw the team play a few nights prior, and then it all repeats.
Although the subject is repetitive, Chicago's best dynamic duo since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are important to discuss, especially considering the circumstances. As always, some fans are fine with the idea and some are not. Afterall, it is a rare occurrence for a player to spend their entire career having only played for one team. As a fan it would be difficult to see Toews and Kane wearing other team's jerseys because of all the accomplishments and memories they made in Chicago, but on the other hand it is probably best for everybody if they move on.
When the rebuild first began, Kyle Davidson made it clear that it would take a few years and would not be a quick fix. Both players are 34 now and will likely be at least 38 by the time the team is pushing for a playoff spot. Even if the team won another cup years down the road after the rebuild, both players would be retired. Instead of spending the latter part of their careers playing meaningless games on a team that is not competitive, they should spend them competing for more cups and enjoying themselves. Afterall, this team has not given them much of a reason to want to stay over the past couple of years.
From the team's perspective, it would be best too. Trade them while they can still bring in a decent amount of assets to help the rebuilding process. The team can still receive a few prospects and draft picks for each of them.
In the end, of course whether Toews and Kane stay or leave are completely their own decisions. Even if they decide to leave, they can always sign a one day contract to retire as Blackhawks and have their numbers retired. They will always be Blackhawks legends alongside others like Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull.