Patrick Kane disappointed a trade to Rangers less likely
The New York Rangers went out and filled an important need for their Stanley Cup hopes by acquiring Vladimir Tarasenko on Thursday. That news left Patrick Kane feeling a little disappointed.
“It’s not like the happiest I’ve been to hear about a trade,” Kane said Friday via Mark Lazerus. “If things are going to happen, that was a team I was definitely looking at. It seems like they kind of filled their void and went ahead and made a deal.”
Kane, 34, is still contemplating if he’ll waive his no-move clause for the NHL Trade Deadline set for March 3. This season, he’s registered 35 points in 46 games.
Patrick Kane on trade possibilities
According to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, the Rangers were concerned about Kane’s nagging lower-body injury and didn’t want to wait on his decision. There’s been growing concern league-wide about Kane’s injury which was only exacerbated by a recent report from Elliotte Friedman.
“I was talking to guys that have played against him recently,” Friedman said on his podcast. “They can see he’s really gutting it out and he’s not 100 percent. What this one player said to me is that you can tell he’s not Patrick Kane, but he really praised him for the effort.”
Today, Kane told The Athletic that those reports are overblown and he feels better than he did last season. The superstar forward also stressed that he wants to do right by the Blackhawks in making his decision to waive his clause.
So if Kane isn’t likely to shut it down, where will he be willing to go?
Sure, the Rangers are a still a possibility but that would now need a third party team to eat some of Kane’s $10.5M contract. Unfortunately for Kane, the Rangers only have one first round pick left, and that third party is going to want a nice piece to retain salary too.
When you look at the field, there’s one team that stands out to me as a great landing spot for Kane and it’s the Carolina Hurricanes.
There’s no doubt that the Canes are going to be buyers at the deadline. Prior to Max Pacioretty going down with another Achilles injury, they weren’t thought to be big-game hunters. Now that they’ll have the cap space, I’d expect them to be shopping for a top offensive player.
Why not Patrick Kane? They haven’t been really mentioned before, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ll make a move for him.