The Chicago Blackhawks are truly trying to be in the Connor Bedard sweepstakes. He is going to be the number one overall pick in the 2023 draft and many believe he is going to be a superstar in the National Hockey League right away.
In order to win the lottery, which the Blackhawks haven’t done since 2007, you need to be amongst the worst teams in the league. By trading players like Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach for high draft picks in last year’s draft, it is clear that this is the goal.
If the Blackhawks were to trade Patrick Kane away, that would make them an even worse team with more future assets in the mix. It is something smart for them to consider as they can change the entire future of their franchise in a positive way this year.
When he becomes available (if he becomes available), there are going to be teams lined up with their best offers. He is one of the greatest players ever that can help a team sell tickets and make a run at the Stanley Cup. However, there are three teams that clearly won’t be going for him.
The Blackhawks are not going to see every team as a possibility for Patrick Kane.
1. Minnesota Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks would probably not have a problem trading Patrick Kane within the division. They aren’t going to be good at all so it doesn’t matter one bit. However, the Minnesota Wild is an unlikely destination.
Minnesota is going to be a great team this season but cap penalties to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will keep them from going all in this year. They might make a big splash after this season when some more cap frees up but it isn’t happening with Kane right now.
2. Arizona Coyotes
Again, the Hawks would move Kane to a division rival but it won’t happen for the Arizona Coyotes. They are playing this season at a college stadium and it is a big-time mess there right now. They certainly won’t be pushing any chips in for one year of Patrick Kane. They will be right there with the Blackhawks in their quest for Connor Bedard.
3. Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights are already over the salary cap by a lot and they don’t have a number one goalie going into the 2022-23 season. That will work itself out before it all starts for real.
They have been known to make big splashes in recent years (Mark Stone, Jack Eichel, Robin Lehner) but Patrick Kane won’t be added to that list.
All of these teams are in different spots right now but none of them are likely landing spots for Patrick Kane right now. Anything is possible in the future but don’t expect to see him wearing any of those sweaters this year.