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Report: Former Hawk Patrick Kane Signs With Detroit Red Wings

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Many Chicago Blackhawks fans aren’t going to like it. Neither will many Detroit Red Wings fans. But that doesn’t matter as reports indicate that Patrick Kane is to sign with the Red Wings.

Chris Johnston had it as well, indicating that the longtime Blackhawks forward is headed to the Motor City to reunite with former linemate Alex DeBrincat.

It’s not the first time the arch rivals have had players play immediately with the other, trading one iconic logo for another.

The American born Kane follows a path similar to that of Chris Chelios, who was traded to the Red Wings from the Blackhawks back in 1999. A decade later, Marian Hossa did the opposite, signing with the Blackhawks after spending a year in Detroit and narrowly missing a Stanley Cup.

He would go onto win three with the Blackhawks.

Now Kane, 35, will be the next to flip flop between organizations.

Which Patrick Kane Will Detroit Get?

Kane is coming off of a hip resurfacing, which while not a full replacement, is still a hefty procedure. How he responds to that and which Kane the Red Wings get will ultimately determine how far they–and he goes.

While details of the deal have not been fully released yet, Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen writes that this is a sign that Red Wings have turned a corner in their rebuild, bringing quite the full circle for both teams.

On one end, the Blackhawks are enduring their own, choosing to move on from Kane last year. On the other, the Red Wings brought the former Blackhawks forward aboard, ready to really make their next push into relevance again.

Now to see how it all turns out.

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