NHL Rumors: Insider lays out possible trade ask for Patrick Kane
The NHL Rumors mill has been fueled by speculation regarding Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane since the summer. That talk will perpetuate and only get louder as we approach the Trade Deadline on March 3.
Kane, 34, leads the team with 14 points (3G – 11A) in 18 games this season. Overall he’s been very good despite the Hawks struggles during their initial phase of the rebuild.
So what will it take to pry the future first-ballot hall of famer out of the Windy City? Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff provides some insight.
NHL Rumors: Patrick Kane
According to Seravalli, he pointed to the return Philadelphia landed for Claude Giroux from the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline last season.
Here’s the breakdown of that deal:
To Florida: Claude Giroux (50% cap retained), Connor Bunnaman, German Rubtsov, and a 5th-round pick in 2024
To Philadelphia: Owen Tippett, 1st-round pick 2024, 3rd-round pick 2023
Kane indicated in the summer that if he wanted to move at all, it would be closer to the deadline. Remember: ’Showtime’ holds all the cards with full ‘no-move’ and full ‘no-trade’ clauses. If you’re looking for a potential style of deal in both managing it and potential return package, look back on how Claude Giroux departed Philadelphia last spring.Frank Seravalli, DFO
Based on the Giroux package, I don’t see the Blackhawks needing to add anything in a Kane trade. However, a top prospect, a first round pick and another decent pick makes a lot of sense.
By the way, Seravalli isn’t the only one who sees Giroux as a comparable. Super-agent Pat Brisson, who represents Giroux and Kane sees the situation exactly the same.
Both players have been with only one organization and have full control of where they can be traded to thanks to a full no move clause.
“Claude at the beginning of last season wanted to see how things were going to go with the Flyers,” Brisson told Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic (subscription required). “We realized pretty soon, by November, that if he wanted a chance at trying to win a Cup last season, he would have to make a decision. And he picked Florida. The Panthers were one of the most attractive teams at the trade deadline.”
So Giroux wanted to win and used his full no-move clause to land with the Panthers. It’s extremely likely that Kane is going to do the same exact thing.
The question is, where will Kane decide his final destination to be?
Several teams have been mentioned lately and they include the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, and the New York Rangers.
Interestingly enough, the Rangers have potentially 2 first round picks to offer the Hawks at the deadline.
Kane has one year left on his deal that hits the cap at $10.5 million. For his career, he’s registered 1,194 points in 1,125 regular season games. The three-time Stanley Cup winner has 132 points in 136 postseason games.