The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to rebuild their roster right away. Part of doing that might be bottoming out this upcoming season and seeing where they fall in the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery.
In order to be as bad as they can, they need to get their roster down to the bare minimum. They have started that process by trading Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach for very respectable draft picks.
Now, it might be time to consider moving Patrick Kane. They will get major assets for him and they will also be a much worse team which will help them in the end.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team that might consider making a move like this. If they were to acquire Patrick Kane in a trade, the deal might look something like one of these three trades:
The Chicago Blackhawks could move Patrick Kane for a good amount of assets.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets have made big trades before. The Hawks gave them Artemi Panarin in a trade and the Blue Jackets gave the Hawks Seth Jones in a trade. Lots of draft picks and players have been swapped.
The same would be needed in a deal for Patrick Kane. If the Blue Jackets were really all in on winning then a deal involving a first-round pick, a third-round pick, Cole Sillinger, and Jake Bean might get it done.
Sillinger was a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. He was actually selected with one of the two first-round picks that the Blackhawks gave them in the Seth Jones trade. This would be their chance to get him back as he is a very good young player that is only 19.
Jake Bean is also a former first-round pick that turned into a pretty good NHL defenseman that the Blackhawks could really use for their future. He is a little older at 24 but could absolutely be a part of a nice future on the blue line.
If the Blackhawks could hit on that first and third-round pick, they would be getting some really nice players in return for Kane which is what they need so badly.