Mar 16, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) waits for the face off during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Rumors: Kaner On The Block?

April 7, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Kane (88) prepares for his overtime shootout attempt against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Rumor has it, #88 Patrick Kane is secretly on the block this offseason. Kane is known for his partying and drinking behavior and it is no secret that the Blackhawks even reached out to him and asked him to seek help. In reality, it is unlikely that Kane will be moved this offseason, and expect him to be on the Blackhawks roster next season. But for arguments sake, let’s look at a few possibilities shall we?

The Blackhawks have a lot of need this offseason: center depth, goaltending, defense, a strong power forward. Now the ‘Hawks could reach out to the big market and try to trade for Jordan Stall in Pittsburgh or Rick Nash in Columbus, both have been mentioned this season in trade rumors. Kane for Stall is highly unlikely as Kane does not fit into the Pittsburgh system. Also, Pittsburgh is probably not willing to give up any defenders or goalies to get Kane. Nash for Kane is a possibility as it would bring a power forward and complete player to Chicago and would give Columbus star power. However, even with Kane in the mix, the Blue Jackets will still be asking for a lot in return, maybe Kane and a 1st or a few 2nd and 3rd round picks.

For Buffalo, the possibilities are there, if Darcy and Lindy want him. Say the Sabres do not move in the draft and instead use their picks to trade for an established player. We could potentially see a trade for Kane, a Buffalo favorite amongst fans. Fans would rejoice in the streets and Buffalo would potentially soar to a Cup favorite with this move. Chicago would be looking for point producers to replace Kane, who can play both center or wing for the Sabres. Therefore, the trade could look something like this: Kane, and maybe a late round pick, for Derek Roy and a 1st or top prospect. Or, we could see the trade I would love to see happen in some capacity, whether to Edmonton for the top pick or for Kaner: Kane and a middle round pick(2nd, 3rd, 4th) for Roy, Andrej Sekera, and a middle round pick or prospect. (The trade with Edmonton I wanna see is Roy, Sekera, and a 1st (maybe a second too) for Edmonton’s 1st) Anyways, back to Kane. These are both solid trades which could benefit both teams. Chicago would get rid of a possible troubled player and receive a solid center and servicable defenseman in return while Buffalo gets their star power and point producer that the fans desperately want.

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