Earlier this summer, the 26-year-old superstar winger was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in Buffalo, New York. Although the investigation is still ongoing, the Chicago Blackhawks have rightfully taken the unsettling news very seriously.
The Patrick Kane situation is just as, if not more, touchy than the prospect of firing John Farrell during his battle with cancer. Even though a serious charge is looming, other teams recognize Kane's talent and the idea that he could be available at a decent price. According to Mike Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, at least 5 NHL teams have called the Blackhawks to check on the availability of the superstar.
Some may say that this is terrible on a PR and human perspective, but the fact of the matter is that the NHL is a business.
Teams are continuously looking to improve their franchise and there is still a realistic chance that these charges against Kane never come to fruition. Until we know more about the story, no one should vehemently profess that Kane is guilty or innocent. The facts need to be presented and the investigators need to do their due diligence.
The Blackhawks, who agreed to an extension with Kane in July of 2014 for 8 years and $84 million, have not shown any inclinations that they would trade their franchise player. However, Chicago is in a very tough situation with the start of training camp looming.
Will Kane play in the preseason? Will Kane be ready for the start of the regular season? Will the constant media attention cast a dark cloud on a team trying to defend their third Stanley Cup in the past six seasons?
Lazerus wrote: “Yes, you’d lose one of the best players in the world. Yes, a segment of your fan base would be livid. But you’d get a massive haul in return. You’d free up a massive amount of salary-cap room. And you’d earn a massive amount of respect for putting your foot down and saying enough is enough.”
The Hawks are in a vey tough spot to start the season. However, they are one of the most well-respected and winningest franchises in all of sports. They will end up making the right decision.
On a side note, and I will probably get a ton of backlash for this, he fits the Bruins mold perfectly. A hard hitting winger that can score and fight? Sign me up.
However, I would be surprised if the Bruins were one of those five teams calling. They showed they don't like head cases when they traded Tyler Seguin because he likes to party and be with extremely hot girls.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS