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Like it or not, Patrick Kane is one of the faces of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise.
To be exact, Kane and Jonathan Toews are the faces of this franchise, and it all started during the 2007-2008 season when the Blackhawks missed the playoffs by three points.
Kane and Toews were what attracted the fans to the United Center after a decade of low attendance. It was no mistake that Dale Tallon, GM at the time, built a team around those two core guys.
And yes, Patrick Kane cemented his legacy with the Blackhawks when he scored that overtime Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
It had been 49 years since the Blackhawks had last won the Stanley Cup, and now Patrick Kane finished it off and took them to the promised land.
To trade Kane would be to take a leg out from underneath this Blackhawks franchise. It can survive without him, but it would be crippled.