NHL Rumors: Blackhawks GM Speaks On Potential Reunion With Patrick Kane

Chicago Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson addressed speculation about a potential reunion with Patrick Kane, indicating it is unlikely the team will extend a contract offer if he becomes a free agent on July 1. 

Speaking at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo, Davidson emphasized the difficult decisions made regarding longstanding players like Kane and Jonathan Toews, which were intended to help the team move forward. 

"I think we made some really tough decisions on some longstanding players," Davidson said, as reported by Scott Powers of The Athletic. "I don’t foresee us going back on that."

Patrick Kane, 35, signed a one-year, $2.75-million deal with the Detroit Red Wings last November after recovering from off-season hip surgery. 

The Buffalo native, who was selected first overall by the Blackhawks in 2007, spent his entire career in Chicago before his stint in Detroit, where he posted 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 50 games. 

Despite his strong performance and successful recovery, Davidson noted that the Blackhawks are focused on building a new core without the overshadowing presence of former stars. 

"He did have a really good year," Davidson acknowledged. "I think we’re all really happy to see that after having his hip procedure last offseason. That was great to see."

Davidson also highlighted the Blackhawks' commitment to their rebuilding strategy, stating it is "very unlikely" the team will trade down from their second-overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. 

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