NHL Rumor Mill – December 28, 2022
Salvian believes the Blackhawks’ constant losing with a rebuild underway makes it harder to imagine Kane staying in Chicago after deadline day. His no-movement clause gives him complete control over where he could go. She believes a reunion with former Blackhawks teammate Artemi Panarin in New York could make a lot of sense.
Gentille observed the Rangers have over $7 million in trade-deadline cap space with no one on long-term injury reserve. He suggests it could work if the Blackhawks retain a portion of Kane’s salary. Granger didn’t rule out the possibility of Kane landing with the Colorado Avalanche given the number of injuries they’ve had this season.
BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Joe Haggerty noted rumors linking Kane to the Bruins. Given how well they’re playing, he wondered whether they need a rental player like the Blackhawks winger, pointing out Kane is on pace for a paltry 13 goals this season.
Haggerty linked to Spittin’ Chiclets co-host Ryan Whitney suggesting the possibility of Kane joining the Bruins. “Get rid of (Mike) Reilly, get rid of (Craig) Smith and Chicago retains half salary and boom (Kane) is a Bruin,” tweeted Whitney.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers appear to be in a better position to acquire Kane if the pending free agent agrees to waive his no-movement clause. Along with the Panarin connection and their cap space, the Blueshirts are loaded with promising young players such as Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere or Filip Chytil to tempt the Blackhawks.
Getting rid of Reilly and Smith is easier said than done considering the Bruins’ failed efforts to do so thus far. Of course, that could change as the trade deadline approaches but it’s not a certainty. If the Bruins can’t shed those salaries, they’ll have no chance of landing Kane.
Even if Kane is willing to go to Boston, the Bruins lack the depth in youngsters within their system to outbid a club like the Rangers. The Blackhawks will likely ask for top prospect Fabian Lysell and the Bruins’ first-round pick in 2023 as part of the return along with probably two or three other pieces going to Chicago.
NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: Charlie Roumeliotis doesn’t believe Kane has made a decision on whether he’ll stay or go. His representatives are scheduled to meet with Blackhawks management after the calendar flips to 2023.
Roumeliotis observed that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is on pace to reach 30 goals for just the fourth time in his career. Like Kane, he’d a pending free agent carrying a full no-movement clause. He believes Toews could be a good second or third-line center with a club like the Colorado Avalanche or Winnipeg Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like Kane, the Blackhawks will likely have to retain up to half of Toews’ remaining cap hit to make him affordable to clubs like the Avalanche and Jets given their limited cap space. The ‘Hawks won’t get as much of a return as they could with Kane but they’ll still want draft picks and promising young players as part of the deal.
Max Domi is on a one-year contract and could draw interest in the trade market. He’s second among Blackhawks scorers with 11 goals and 23 points. Domi’s also been strong in the faceoff circle this season, which could also prove useful for playoff clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Domi’s production and 56.1 faceoff win percentage could indeed prove enticing for postseason contenders seeking depth at center. His affordable $3 million contract will also be attractive for clubs with limited cap space.
Roumeliotis wouldn’t be surprised if bottom-six sparkplug forward Sam Lafferty draws interest in the trade market. His $1.15 million average annual value through 2023-24 will also be appealing.