Trade Idea: Patrick Kane Dealt to New Jersey Devils

The Chicago Blackhawks have been dealt some horrible news throughout this offseason and it just continues to trickle in for the team. The likes of Alex Nylander and Kirby Dach are both injured and likely going to miss the entire season, and yesterday we learned that captain, Jonathan Toews is dealing with a mystery illness and it sounds like he could be out for an extended period of time.

While the team has now entered a rebuild, the Blackhawks can expedite their case if they started to move out core veterans.

As we examined back over a month ago, the Blackhawks need to commit to their rebuild and with all the recent bad news, now is the perfect time to trade Patrick Kane. Here's one move to consider:

Blackhawks trade Patrick Kane to the Devils for forwards Pavel Zacha and Michael Mcleod, defensive prospect Nikita Okhotyuk and goaltending prospect Evan Cormier.


If the Devils can make this deal without touching anyone from their top-six forwards and top-four defense group, you make this move every day of the week. They would likely have to include at least one first round pick in the deal or perhaps a couple of second-rounders. 

New Jersey has a ton of prospects in their cupboards and the salary cap space to take on Kane's mega-contract for the next three-years. 

Of course, any Kane deal comes down to the player approving the move as he holds a full no-move clause but with his close friend and long-time teammate Corey Crawford now on the Devils, perhaps it would make the transition easier to accept. 

Kane is also very familiar with the area so there's certainly a ton of intrigue about this destination. Add in the fact the Hawks aren't likely to move Kane to a western conference team and the stars may align here.

Patrick Kane has spent his entire career as a Chicago Blackhawk and given the circumstances, that could change as soon as 2021. While the superstar holds all the cards to his career path, there's certainly a chance it turns devilish. 

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