The Chicago Blackhawks are just under a month away from starting the 2022-23 season. There is plenty to look forward to, especially once October begins, but there is something that could be a little bit more known by the end of September.
Patrick Kane is a big part of trade rumors. He is an elite player still and can help any contender win. Kane remains one of the 20 best offensive players in the league right now and would get the Blackhawks a lot in return.
He has a hefty contract in terms of dollars but he is an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season is done. The Blackhawks might be willing to retain on his contract which could help a team win a Stanley Cup and they might pay more in terms of a trade for that.
By the time September is over, we should have a good idea of Kane’s status before the start of the season. If he is going to be traded before the beginning of the year, we will for sure know over the next 30 days.
The Chicago Blackhawks might give more clarity about Patrick Kane soon.
If he starts the year with Chicago, it is likely going to be a situation where he is dealt at the deadline instead of the offseason. That will surely be an interesting time as well if it comes to that point.
The ice is already built at the United Center which is nice to know as well. It won’t be long before the prospects are playing and the veterans will report not long after that. The preseason will begin this month which means that hockey is just about back.
It is not going to be a great year for the Chicago Blackhawks. They are probably going to be a very bad team that has a better chance of winning the lottery than making the playoffs. That would actually be a really good thing.
Moving on from Kane might lead to them having the best chance at winning that lottery. It might not be ideal to hear but it is what’s best for them if he isn’t going to resign for a rebuild. Hockey is almost fully back and this story will be a big deal until they begin for real and then maybe it still will be.