Report: Huge Development in Toews/Kane Leaving Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks have started their rebuild and everyone felt there's a 100% chance they trade pending free agents Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Now it sounds like this narrative is starting to change as reports have surfaced from Scott Powers of The Athletic, stating the organization isn't convinced the pair of Blackhawks legends will waive their no-movement clauses to facilitate trades.

Both Toews and Kane have full no-movement clauses in their deals and both are due $10.5 million against the cap. If Chicago does end up dealing both players, expect to see the Blackhawks retain roughly 50% of the remaining money for the rest of the season.

Powers' report is the first of it's kind as every other hockey insider under the sun has stated the Blackhawks will be dealing both players and have linked multiple teams to each. Kane has been linked to the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, LA Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile Toews has been linked to the Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Chicago sits with a 7-14-4 record and appear headed to contend in the NHL's Draft Lottery next year. Along with Toews and Kane, the team has several other players expected to hit the trade market including Max Domi and Andreas Athanasiou. While Powers is reporting there's a chance Kane and Toews say no to a deal, we're suggesting all signs have pointed to both of them being open to leaving.

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