Patrick Kane seems to be talking to everyone right now about playing in their town–be it the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, or some other team looking to get someone to put them over the top.
So would there have been any reason to not trade him last year so he could have remained a Blackhawk for life and helped Connor Bedard along?
More on that in a moment.
Since we’re in the nostalgia department, how about these killer throwbacks from the Carolina Hurricanes, who are bringing back the Whale in the old Hartford green. Now just play some Brass Bonanza after every goal–perhaps for the rest of the season–and it’ll be channeling what made the Whalers a thing in the 80’s and 90’s.
As for Kane, I wrote about that today. There’s always something about star players being traded away once it’s become evident things aren’t the same. The wish is to see those icons play an entire career because as a fan, it’s what feels right. Unfortunately, it’s not what’s always best for the franchise. The timing was right for both, for different reasons, and down the road, Kane will get the fitting end to his Blackhawks career that results in his #88 going to the rafters.
Lucky for Blackhawks fans, Connor Bedard will more than help ease any remaining sting that lingers.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- On Patrick Kane, hindsight, and the right move at the right time
- The Chicago Blackhawks comparable in terms of a rebuild would be the 2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins. How they compare after 13 games, and how similar much they have in common
- Gavin Hayes has been on a tear. CHN spoke with him and Firebirds head coach Paul Flache about the season so far
Hockey Now Western Conference Wrap
Colorado Hockey Now: Colorado Avalanche rookie Nikolai Kovalenko is eyeing a playoff run with the big club
Nashville Hockey Now: Seems the Nashville Predators will be rivaling the Blackhawks for lottery positioning after a fourth straight loss
San Jose Hockey Now: It’s not just the Blackhawks who struggled with the Florida Panthers. The San Jose Sharks played them tough but also fell 5-3.
Vegas Hockey Now: The road trip starts with a shutout as the defending champion Vegas Golden Knights fall to Washington 3-0.