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3 potential landing spots for Patrick Kane as deadline looms
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Rogers Arena. (Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

3 potential landing spots for Patrick Kane as deadline looms

CHICAGO (BVM) – Much has been made of the unknown future of Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, both heading into the year, and now where the team currently stands. Kane, who is in the last year of his eight-year deal, has a no-move clause that has halted much of the discussion heading into the trade deadline.

Kane will likely make a choice on his no-move clause before the deadline after his agent, Pat Brisson, told The Athletic that his decision will come “relatively soon.”

With the Blackhawks at the very bottom of the Western Conference standings, Kane will have an interesting call to make when it comes to his upcoming future with the team. While many believe that Kane would like to stay with the organization, the current state of a rebuilding team could make it tough for an aging veteran to want to stick around. With the plan to replenish much of the team’s younger talent, it may be in Kane’s best interest to find a team elsewhere that can help him make it into the playoffs.

If the Blackhawks’ winger were to waive his no-move clause, acquiring the star will take some maneuvering. With a $10.5 million cap hit this season, finding a team that can take on the contract eliminates a decent amount of the field. One of the team’s heavily rumored for Kane moved in a different direction before the deadline, as the New York Rangers landed St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

Kane made his most public acknowledgement of his decision following the deal.

“If things were going to happen, that was a team I was definitely looking at,” Kane told NBC Sports Chicago. “It seems like they kind of filled their void and went ahead and made a deal, so it is what it is.”

With the Rangers now likely off the board, here’s where Kane could land if he decides to open up his no-move clause.

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