Report: 5 Teams Interested In Patrick Kane?

On Tuesday, Mark Lazerus at the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a common sense column about the Patrick Kane situation. In it, he notes Kane’s history of stupid mistakes in front of too many cameras, and wonders if trading Kane is the only real next step for the franchise.

One new piece of information that surfaced in the column is that, according to a source, at least five teams have contacts the Blackhawks about trading for Kane since the allegations surfaced.

However – and this is important – Lazerus makes one clear distinction in the piece.

“So regardless of the legal outcome of the investigation, Kane’s future with the team is murky at best. To be clear, there has been no firm indication yet that the Hawks truly are willing to take that drastic step. But it’s a step the Hawks must consider.”

What isn’t mentioned in the article is Kane’s full no-move clause. Having the highest cap hit in the NHL limits the Blackhawks potential trade partners; Kane being able to dictate the terms of his departure because of his NMC is another. That, and there is still a legal process taking place.

43 thoughts on “Report: 5 Teams Interested In Patrick Kane?

  1. I have to believe they have asked him point-blank what the hell happened that night. He used to live in Bowman’s basement and they’ve given him a lot of chances so I would hope there’s a respect and rapport between mgmt. and him. I have to believe that, if they believe he’s innocent they ride it out; if they aren’t so sure-he goes. There are 22 other guys that have to deal with this, too.

  2. Looking at this unfortunate situation with as much optimism as can be mustered, the Hawks will be a good (and most likely contending) team whether Kane is on the team or not. If Kane remains with the team, they obviously would continue to have an elite player and one of the most clutch scorers in the league. If Kane gets traded, they will get good players/prospects in return (not equal to Kane … but) and enough cap relief to improve, if not fix, their cap situation.

  3. I am sure these teams are offering much less than full value for Kane if the offers are not contingent on the outcome of the investigation. Why would a team take a risk of offering a valuable piece if Kane is later indicted?

    On the other hand, if a team is making an offer contingent on the investigation being dropped I can see how this could significantly help the team if what is being offered is comparable to the return on Saad. However, my gut feeling is that even in this scenario teams would lowball the Hawks due to Kane’s contract and his predilection for getting into trouble.

  4. I agree with Ebonyraptor – ” the Hawks will be a good (and most likely contending) team whether Kane is on the team or not.”

    If the Hawks believe the best play is to move Kane, I think Stan should call Dale and ask for Ekblad and Huberdeau (fair value return).

  5. The will be hard pressed to get full value for Kane, any trade will net the Hawks pennies on the dollar. This is extremely disappointing as a Hawks fan.

  6. We will gladly take this rapist in Detroit. We have a history of a strong front office that would not put up with these shenanigans. Move over boys, send him to a real player that knows how to deal with success.

  7. Next year will be a strong draft.

    Mathews, broke kanes records for usa development teams

    Tkachuk, stud

    Lots of fins, who can play +++ others that who we dont know now.

    If hawks could get shot at top 5 pick…
    Plus a nice $5M STUD… might turn out to be a great trade for hawks,,, + 4 to 5 million in cap savings

  8. “We will gladly take this rapist in Detroit. We have a history of a strong front office that would not put up with these shenanigans. Move over boys, send him to a real player that knows how to deal with success.”

    Success before the hard cap.

  9. It’s really disappointing that Patrick Kane’s elite talent has to be marred by poor decisions off the ice.

    The Blackhawks organization is trying to become an elite organization and is the leader in the hockey world as far as building the ideal franchise. This organization is admired and envied by many. They have every right to pursue all options including trading one of the faces of the franchise. I would imagine they would have more than just 5 very appealing offers for Kane’s services.

    This whole unfortunate incident could have (should have) been avoided by Patrick Kane if only he let his big head control what his little head is thinking… Even if he did nothing wrong, his demeanor and the way he carries himself (given he has a target on his back and money in his pocket) is just dumb. He obviously hasn’t grown up enough to realize he is and will be a target and needs to change his behavior before he loses the gift of elite skill by doing something stupid.

  10. And if he’s not charged? Anybody who thinks the Hawks can be legitimate contenders without Kane need to check into rehab. The Hawks (the team that trots out Bobby Hull as ambassador) need this guy. If he’s guilty so be it. But to get rid of a 26 year old superstar because some guy in the press or bloggers gets on a moral high horse is the height of insanity.

    If Kane’s not charged this is will all be a distant memory by Christmas. Then would you rather have him on your team or not?

    Lazerus is an idiot, always has been

  11. Keep Kane until Vegas or QC are awarded franchises. When you have more clarity on his future, trade him there and get Auston Matthews

  12. Tigersnakes, who said he was a rapist? Has he been charged yet? Or, more importantly, tried and convicted yet? Do you know all the facts?

  13. Hawkfacts nailed it. Recent reports indicate Kane refuses to file a plea and won’t negotiate with accuser. Why would he take that position if he did it and there’s evidence? I think he walks and defies anyone to prove he’s guilty of anything. If I’m right, it will be hard for the Hawks to trade him even if they wanted to.

  14. When Kane made the remark at the victory celebration at Soldier Field to the effect of (paraphrasing here) “some people say I’ve changed but people better watch out for the next couple of weeks” I cringed. Stupid comment to make, even if drunk, by someone who truly has changed. Does it directly relate to the situation now? Maybe not. However, it appears that the young man still has some unfortunate issues to deal with, internally and now externally.
    Now, back to Tab’s points …….. it does look like it is largely Kane’s call with all of his contract restrictions. ASSUMING that the team does indeed at some point decide it’s better to cut bait than to fish with him on the squad. It’s just a real bummer, and sad for all involved. Mr. Obvious now signing off.

  15. Kane could also be playing the numbers game. IF he did something (just speculating here), what percent of cases does nothing happen to the accused? So, knowing that why pay off the accuser? He’s banking on lack of evidence, and enough reasonable doubt created will prevent charges from being filed. He doesn’t have to be confident he’s innocent. Just confident there’s enough (or lack thereof) to not be found guilty or even tried.

  16. First and foremost, it matter not a whit what I think, or what you think, or what bloggers think, or what sports columnists think, or what sports radio “personalities” think – the only opinion that matters is Rocky’s and by extension his management team.

    Secondly, I would find it a hard argument to make the case that Rocky doesn’t care about the public perception this latest episode has brought to Kane, the Blackhawks, and to the NHL. In today’s soundbite world perception is established early so regardless the legal outcome of the case, the public – you know, those people the NHL is trying to reach to become NHL fans – has already associated Kane-NHL-rape so in that sense the damage is already done.

    Rocky is not going to make his decision in a vacuum or in some pique of resentment, he will make his decision based on what is possible and what is best for the team. That will include the value Kane brings to the team on the ice, but it must necessarily include more than just that.

    I hope in the end Kane is still a Blackhawk, but I can understand the rationale for anyway this could go.

  17. Hawkfacts did indeed nail it. Lazerus: go crawl back into the tomb, you idiot. I haven’t heard a more asinine thing since this saga began. This foolish blather is just the result of everyone having to wait. There’s nothing tangible to talk about, the situation hasn’t changed one bit since we first heard the news, so fools like Lazerus are starting to make stuff up.

    There’s only one thing to do: keep waiting. If Kane is charged then it’s real trouble, deep trouble, and you won’t see him in a Hawk’s sweater probably for the whole year. But if he’s not charged, then he’s not charged. Officially the matter would be closed. Unfortunately for all the people out there who want to be the judge, jury, and executioner, you must wait for the legal system to run it’s course. The only rational thing to do is to accept the outcome of the legal process. Lazerus wasn’t there on the night in question, I wasn’t there, none of you were there. So wait for closure.

    Now, reiterating that the matter would be “officially” closed if he’s not charged, that’s not the same thing as saying Kane returns to the ice in the same glow in which he last left it. Of course it stinks and this thing will follow him around no matter what happens. But if he’s not charged, Lazerus thinks we should trade Kane and certainly get <50% value for him? Fool

  18. I think Tab nailed it. Between Kane’s cap hit and his NMC the trade possibilities arent so limitless. 15 teams are within 3.5 million of the cap ceiling. Would Kane accept a deal to teams that have space? New Jersey, Carolina, Arizona I don’t think Kane would accept. Colorado,Nashville, Anaheim, Winnipeg have space but the I don’t think the Hawks would swing. Down to Boston, Ottawa, and Buffalo. Ottawa has an internal budget. Boston doesn’t really have anything of value that I’d trade Kane for. Buffalo, great. It’s always Buffalo. They have some young unproven guys that could be good. But with Eichel being a possible exception none will ever come close to Kane, and Buffalo isn’t trading a player with that skill and payscale for a guy making what Kane is, when the dude could be in jail. Rendering any contractual rights useless.

    He stays here, or sits next to Voynov on the commissioners list.

    As far as Lazerus and even Rozner. They need to write columns. They need to sell product. Rozner knows MCD a bit from Cubs days. So he’s just speculating. This is really just writers giving fans fodder. Looks like it worked.

    How many days till camp?

  19. If he’s gonna be playing in the NHL either way, then why not just keep him? I understand he’s giving us a bad image but why wouldn’t that image also be portrayed upon the team picking him up? Why is it solely on the Blackhawks? I understand he’s no angel and he’s had several chances with the Blackhawks but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t stay in Chicago. The blame should lie solely on the individual and not the team as well as the punishment. I do not agree with getting rid of a guy that helped bring you 3 Stanley cups because of allegations. And if these allegations are true he shouldn’t be allowed to play for anyone.

  20. You folks don’t get it! This is over! Whether Kane did it or not. In today’s climate Kane is a gone goose! Public drunkenness or popping a male cab driver is one thing! Now your talking about rape! It’s not just a sex crime, it’s a violent crime also!

    And even if it’s not true, just the fact he even put himself in this position is the real problem! I think at this time, the Hawks have no chioce! And to be honest, from everything I hear he won’t be missed! Talk around league he is the biggest 2 faced dude in this league! And the biggest part of this is it was so avoidable! But his ego wouldn’t allow it! Is he the only guy in the league, no but this is something talent won’t overcome!

    The truth is Kane is done here in chicago! He won’t play this season! And my guess is the Hawks are done with him! Can’t help a guy who doesn’t want to be helped! Just like Saad, he will get his money! But when he is gone from Chicago, he’s going to realize what he had here and that home or LA or Vancouver or Dallas isn’t Chicago! So long Patrick! You did this to yourself and you know what, I really think he doesn’t care!

  21. I have maintained since these events unfolded that Patrick Kane has played his last game for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wirtz family and John McDonough are very angry with Kane. Regardless whether he faces criminal charges…or instead a civil suit…of this thing goes away because Kane and his lawyer cut a big fat check behind closed doors to make the woman go away.

    Kane is done in Chicago. The Wirtz family has already made up their mind on this matter. Lets face it, barring the massively unforseen Kane is not going to show up or be permitted into training camp and is likely to start the season on the NHL suspension list. So that buys Rocky and his braintrust time to see how the legal entanglements of Kane unfold and determine their next chess move. It could be that Kane never plays in the NHL again…or it WILL be that he shall play for another franchise. He is DONE in Chicago. That’s not my emotional opinion or value judgment either. It will prove to be the fact.

  22. After the Madison Wisconsin incident Kane was sternly warned by Rocky, McD and Bowman that no more off the ice incidents would be tolerated. Regardless the outcome of the rape investigation, Kane is indeed done in Chicago. No doubt in my mind. Rocky has worked too damned hard on reshaping this organization and building a brand to do anything to compromise that. I see no sliver of hope for Kane in Chicago. Ironic perhaps that this is the same organization that has a bronze statue out front of the violent wife beating Bobby Hull (which sickens me), but whadda going to do.

  23. This is just such a sad situation for all involved. Kane is a great hockey player but he is also an idiot. To put himself in another situation that brings shame to himself, his teammates and the team after they rewarded him with a huge contract just shows his lack of respect. Whatever happens I’ll never be able to believe anything he says again.

  24. Tab,

    What is the likely-hood that within 88’s contract there is some kind of penalty, cancelation clause, etc. for certain behavior of ice?

  25. Even if he’s not charged, this latest hit to his persona is not one the Hawks want attached to their brand in any way shape or form. They have reached the elite status of any major sports franchise and don’t think for a minute Rocky wants that tarnished. They canned the Young CSN female host several years back for something, in comparison to this, that was juvenile. Not to compare the two situations as similar because they’re not but that episode shows how squeaky clean they want the brand…and it should be that way.
    Kane has done it to himself. It’s ironic how he would occasionally talk about his mother and his ‘beautiful’ sisters. I wonder how they really feel considering how he’s embarrassed them now.
    I think his days are numbered here any way it’s looked at…he’ll be suspended, at best, to start the season and likely for a long time until this plays out. Remember Slava Voynov in LA who didn’t touch the ice last year for his incident.
    We’ll be seeing fewer 88’s in the stands and sold off the racks, that’s for sure.

  26. Kane is a great player. His skill is really demonstrated in shootouts and clutch Stanley Cup goals. Why are so many people trying to throw him under the bus? It could be a serious rape charge or it could be a false charge altogether. We just don’t know yet. Until we know one way or another I’m still on the Kane bandwagon because of what he has done on the ice for this franchise. Elite player.

  27. Kane being a great player has nothing to do with things. He has had a several year history of being a bad drunk and and immature brat. His final warning on behavior came in the wake of his Madison incident. The rape thing is many magnitudes more serious and troubling. The simple fact that he put himself in the situation he did (regardless his guilt or innocence) was the problem. He’s done in Chicago. And I bet he has sat in that big house of his on Lake Erie over the past month keeping a low profile (which is probably killing him) realizing too that he is done in Chicago.

  28. Stop the stupid.
    Only a moron could bash an individual saying “even if he didn’t do it” or other versions of that like “he put himself in that situation”.
    What does that even mean ?
    People have a fuck up concept of life. It’s all based on selfish, moronic concepts…the more successful and rich you are the less choices you must have. That’s plain stupid and it’s coming from a clear inferiority complex.
    The one thing increased money and fame has to make you do is the need for more protection… one example is having a Police Lt driving you around while you party and fuck that much more women.
    You got to be a fucking retard rationale a principle like “the more money and fame you have the more you have to party/live life less”. What you have to do is “feel free to party more, but increase your protection”. If I were Kane or some similar type I’d put cameras in my home or record every time I fuck somebody. I wouldn’t stop fucking, I’d double down on fucking… on video (plain sight or concealed)

  29. It’s really sad folks, and ever since the news broke the feeling I had was disgust. I can only imagine how his parents feel. The sad part about crimes of this nature is that only 2% are investigated and found with enough evidence that there is a conviction and prosecution. I’m a parent and kids make mistakes, but this is a crime of violence, how can anyone treat another human being like that!! Every time I think of this incidence it just sickens me. I do feel the Blackhawks have to hand him some kind of punishment, or public high profile community service. Again if nothing else Mr. Kane’s goal for this year should be “atonement”.

  30. Astounding how some people are. Take the moronic KUBS59: “…this is a crime of violence, how can anyone treat another human being like that!!”. What crime are you referring to? If I were ever on trial for anything I pray to God KUBS59 and all the rest of the moron chorus are not allowed on the jury.

    There are far too many posts like that appearing in the wake of this sad tale. I said before that YOU WEREN’T THERE, I wasn’t there, none of the emotional fools calling for Kane’s head were there on the night in question. How is it that so many reach so unstable a conclusion…based on what? His reputation? Isn’t that the same thing that women’s advocates (I am one) scream about in these matters? “Her reputation doesn’t matter”, “She can dress any way she wants”, “If she chooses to stay out late and drink that’s no reason for rape”, etc. Kane’s reputation for drinking and staying out late immediately makes him guilty of rape? Really?

    I am as disappointed and disgusted by this whole sordid affair as anyone. I also happen to believe that we won’t see Patrick Kane anymore. But it won’t be because he is – TODAY – guilty of rape. No charges have been filed against this man. Will any of you morons be back here with a mea culpa if Kane is somehow exonerated? I agree with the prevailing sentiment that that is unlikely, but Patrick Kane has not been charged with a crime.

    Someday one of you morons will find yourself under suspicion, under a cloud, subject of an investigation. You will experience the abandonment of one of the most sacred American values: innocent until proven guilty. I don’t like Kane’s behavior, I am pissed off that he has embarassed our club. But I’m not going to convict him yet and either should any of you

  31. I’m torn on this one as I have two teenage daughters (one of whom we have watched some games together only because she thinks 88 is her favourite NHLer and cute!), and on the other side I will stay watching the whole game just to marvel at his rare skill level-
    but the only certain thing is what we don’t know about the past, the present and the future-
    the many conclusive comments about “What will happen” are based on what? This is complicated by so many considerations, individuals that these people who post have no real idea. Passion-great but stick to what we have-an opinion.

  32. I told myself I wouldn’t return here until the facts were out and there was a real reason to comment. But I couldn’t stop myself from checking in again. Wish I hadn’t.

  33. No win situation for everyone, especially Rocky and Stan, for whatever decision they make will not be popular with many fans. You have to feel for the entire Blackhawk Nation and the folks in Chicago as well for having such an enormous outpouring of celebation suddenly destroyed and a feeling of dread and doubt descend, even shame and embarrassment. No one knows what happened except for a few, but, whatever happened, why the hell did it have to happen to us. I’m mad at the whole thing and I don’t even know what the whole thing is or why I’m mad. Kane, Patrick Kane, we could lose Patrick Kane, …are you kidding me. What the hell. What did we do to deserve this. How can we fix it. We are helpless and cannot.

    Barring the Archangel Michael decsending from on high and pronouncing its all a mistake and its nothing, we, the faithful Blackhawk Nation must live and deal with this in our own ways for now.

  34. Just to present a different prespective on the situation about Kane. lets say the Hawks havent won 3 cups in recent times and that they had gone from 61 to the present without a cup which is the way i look at it because before 2010 i had been a fan of the team since 59 , yes im old, Now just suppose they had a chance to win in 2015 , but they lost by 1 goal because Kane wasnt on the team. and they would have won because hypothetically he had scored 2 goals , now what would all the people on this site say , about the image of the team and what would Rocky do to keep the team fan friendly and Mcdonough worrying about selling jerseys .The only reason the Hawks are popular is because they Win. not because theyre a clean cut squad ,Ok Kane may have a screw loose but if im waiting 40 plus years to win a cup , I dont care if Adolf Hitler is on the wing and he scores the winner for our beloved Hawks , as long as they win the damn Cup, Forty years and clowns want to get rid of a guy with high testosterone , God the insanity B

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