Could the Chicago Blackhawks move on from under-fire superstar Patrick Kane?
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the subject has been broached.
Per sources of ‘Hawks beat writer Mark Lazerus, the club has reportedly fielded speculative trade calls from more than five different teams, following news that Kane is under police investigation for allegedly raping a woman in Buffalo last month.
At least five teams contacted the Hawks once the Buffalo News first reported the investigation — which involves Kane and a woman at his Hamburg home — and said they’d be willing trade partners should the Hawks decide to cut ties with their superstar winger, according to a league source.
The 26-year-old is entering the first year of a record-setting eight-year, $84-million contract.
So it appears there’s significant interest in Kane. Which leaves the second half of the equation — would Chicago really deal him?
Lazerus notes the organization is extremely image-conscious and that, per a team source, feels “disrespected” by Kane’s actions, especially given his past transgressions.
The club also reportedly wasn’t enamored with Kane’s comments at this year’s Stanley Cup parade, during which he said “I know you said I’ve been growing up, but watch out for me the next week.”
Two different groups have already moved on from Kane.