Rangers rescue Patrick Kane, Blackhawks. The Chicago Blackhawks have finally sent Patrick Kane, their star winger, to the New York Rangers.
The Rangers will send two draft picks to Chicago in return — a conditional 2023 2nd-rounder and a 4th-rounder for 2025. If the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, the second-round pick in 2023 will be a first-rounder. The first round pick would come in 2024 or 2025.
The Rangers sent Andy Welinski, a minor league defenseman, to the Blackhawks. Cooper Zech, a minor league defenseman joins Kane on his way to New York.
At 5:05 p.m. ET: New York finally acquired the necessary amount of cap space in order to fit Kane’s contract. Chicago will retain half of Kane’s $10.5million contract. The Arizona Coyotes have signed on to take 50%. Kane will therefore count for $2.625 million against Rangers’ cap.
“We certainly took that into account. “There probably wasn’t another circumstance where we would have pushed those limits,” Chris Drury, Rangers general manager, said about his difficult salary cap situation during an internet media availability. “But to get Patrick Kane, it’s not something you get very often.”
The Rangers will give Arizona a 2025 third round pick to facilitate the deal. To complete the deal, Chicago also acquired Vili Saarijarvi, a Finnish defenseman from Arizona.
Patrick Kane stated that he was grateful for the support he received from the Blackhawks, his teammates, and fans over the past 16 years. This has been a difficult time for me and my family. However, I believe this decision will put me in the best position to win another Stanley Cup.
“This is not about me leaving the Blackhawks. This is an opportunity for myself — the Blackhawks did everything possible to place me in a great situation and I will always be grateful.” Although it is difficult to leave Chicago, I will always cherish the memories that we shared.
The team announced that Kane will fly to New York to make his debut against Ottawa on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Rangers will face off against the Flyers in Philadelphia.
Patrick Kane, a three time Stanley Cup champion and was ranked No. The Blackhawks have selected Kane as No. 1 in their eight-year contract. It had a no-movement clause. Chicago was forced to travel to the preferred destination by the 34-year-old winger, which greatly reduced the Blackhawks’ potential return.
Drury stated that Patrick understood it was a good match for him and it was a good match for us. “We are certain that Patrick wanted to trade and that it was to New York Rangers.
Patrick Kane was said to be emotional over the move by sources close to him, because he had always envisioned himself as a Blackhawks player retiring.
Chicago is officially ending its championship era by trading Kane. It rebuilds through the draft using a new management team, and coaching staff.
Multiple sources claim that the Rangers wanted only one high-end winger to be added by the deadline. They chose Vladimir Tarasenko from the Blues to replace Kane earlier in the month.
Kane stated that it was not the most happy trade news Kane had ever heard about.
Sources claim that Kane was pursued by multiple teams, including the Carolina Hurricanes (Dallas Stars), Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oilers. However, Kane pushed back behind the scenes to continue to go to the Rangers.
Drury stated that “it just kind of built up over the last few days” and “where we felt like there was a real opportunity to do this.”
Sources told ESPN that Kane is currently being treated for a hip injury. This was one reason why the Rangers originally put a halt to the acquisition of the veteran. Kane said that the injury was not severe enough and then he scored seven goals and 10 assists in his four last games before leaving for the Blackhawks’ West Coast trip to return to Chicago after the Rangers trade.
Patrick Kane will be back in New York with Artemi Panarin, his Chicago linemate from the previous two seasons, which included Panarin’s Calder Trophy-winning rookie year in 2015-16.
Patrick Kane, a native of Buffalo, New York managed to score 20 goals in all 15 of his previous seasons. Last season, when Chicago was rebuilding, Kane still managed 26 goals, and 92 points.
After the announcement, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz wrote to his team members. He called the deadline “challenging” but stated that trading Kane was “another step” in their commitment towards building another Chicago winner.
Wirtz wrote, “Patrick has earned an opportunity to chase another Stanley Cup.”
Wirtz spoke out about rebuilding the club and said that the team would “continue tirelessly in achieving our goals.”
He wrote, “These decisions can be difficult.” “And I commend Kyle (Davidson), the general manager, and his team for their leadership during this difficult trade deadline.”