According to a report, five teams have contacted the Blackhawks about potentially acquiring Patrick Kane were Chicago to decide to trade the 26-year-old right winger. Kane is currently involved in an investigation regarding an alleged incident at his home in Hamburg, N.Y. He has not been charged with a crime.
There is still no resolution Patrick Kane’s current legal situation, but regardless of the outcome, the Chicago Blackhawks may have some potential trade partners should they be looking to ship out the 26-year-old right winger.
According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, a league source told him, “at least five teams contacted the (Blackhawks) once the Buffalo News first reported the investigation.”
The investigation involves an alleged incident between Kane and a woman at his Hamburg, N.Y., home and has been one of the biggest stories of the off-season. Kane has not been charged with a crime and the investigation is still ongoing.
With the Blackhawks unsure of what the outcome of the investigation will be, there’s some uncertainty about how the team will approach the situation. Kane has had a history of incidents in the past, including a 2009 run-in with a Buffalo cab driver.
Lazerus noted that a source had told him the Blackhawks had warned Kane about his off-ice actions after photos of Kane partying during Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Madison, Wisc., in 2012. According to Lazerus’ source, the Madison incident was his supposed “last strike.”
Since coming into the league in 2007-08, Kane has been one of the faces of the Blackhawks franchise. From his overtime heroics in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup final that lifted the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup since 1961 to his Conn Smythe performance during Chicago’s 2012-13 Stanley Cup run, Kane has been the go-to offensive threat for the team. Trading him is not a decision that would come lightly.
Kane is slated to begin a massive eight-year, $84 million contract in 2015-16. But even with his off-ice troubles and giant salary, it appears that if the Blackhawks do decide to trade Kane there will be no shortage of suitors.