NHL Rumors: Edmonton Oilers Early Favorites to Land Patrick Kane

While don't expect to see a summer blockbuster in Chicago, Blackhawks legend Patrick Kane is expected to be traded at some point during next season. The pending free agent isn't thrilled with the recent direction of the team, and apparently has been butting heads with management for months. So leave it up to a betting company with some inside knowledge to have the Edmonton Oilers listed as the early favorites.

Kane is due $10.5 million next season, so salary retention is a must. The Oilers are a new team to be linked to the all-star forward as the New York Rangers have been deemed heavy favorites for the past couple of seasons. Kane's favorite teammate is Artemi Panarin and he has ties to New York, so it seems like a match made in hockey heaven.

Regardless of the betting odds, it does sound like the Blackhawks are going to be patient here and wait out the start of the season to see what happens. In no way are Kane or captain Jonathan Toews pleased with what's transpired in the Windy City as one offseason they are shipping out first round picks for Seth Jones and signing Vezina trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury. Just to turn around and completely blow up their roster.

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