It’s clear that the Chicago Blackhawks are undergoing a rebuilding period. However, general manager Stan Bowman indicated that the team intends to keep Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews. Each have a no-movement clause, which basically means they won’t be moved unless they desire to leave.
Perhaps the top team that could acquire Patrick Kane is the Florida Panthers, due to Kane’s ties with coach Joel Quenneville, who coach the Blackhawks during title runs in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Clearly, the Panthers are in need of addition offensive output. Patrick Kane would provide that and much needed playoff experience.
After a solid season, the Panthers were ousted in the first round of the playoffs. Being that the team should be in the mode to win while the opportunity is still there, a serious run at Patrick Kane isn’t out of the question.
The Buffalo Sabres would be a logical tie for Patrick Kane, who is a Buffalo native. The Sabres haven’t made the post-season in nine seasons, but have added veterans Eric Staal and Taylor Hill with the apparent approach to win quickly than looking at the long term. Adding a piece like Patrick Kane, which they could, given the about of salary cap space they have remaining.
Another intriguing spot is Philadelphia, since the Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher has the history of entertaining nearly every trade possibility, going back to his time in Minnesota. However, with only around $5 million in salary cap space available, the Flyers would have be willing to part with a key player in order to pull off a major trade. The Flyers made a nice run this season and could be an attractive option for Patrick Kane.
It all boils down to what Patrick Kane prefers, should offers be made to try to obtain him. It’s a wait-and-see proposal at the moment.