Chicago Blackhawks: Why Patrick Kane Should Never Be Traded
Does anyone remember Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals?
How the times have changed.
With the Blackhawks slumping and Kane's point production lacking, fans are asking for a trade. But how fair is that? Kane is one of the top right wingers in the NHL.
Just because of one decent season, fans believe Kane will never regain form and reach the 100 point plateau. That simply isn't true.
These are the top five reasons on why Patrick Kane should never be traded.
He's 23 Years Old
Patrick Kane is still a kid. A kid with a Stanley Cup and the Calder Trophy.
As a kid, Kane still has time to grow and hone his game. He will only get better as the years roll on and will improve upon all aspects of his game.
Why trade away a player of his caliber when he can only stand to get better?
It would make no sense for the Blackhawks to pull the plug on Kane's playing career in Chicago just because of one below-average season. Kane will bounce back, better than ever.
One of the Best Playmakers in the League
Regardless of any slumps Patrick Kane may have been in, it is important to remember that Kane is one of the best playmakers in the NHL.
Not many NHL players can dish out the puck the way Kane does to all his teammates. His puck control is nearly unmatched and his speed is up there with the best.
As Jeremy Roenick would say, Kane has some of the best "mits" in the NHL.
Combine all of that with the Blackhawks' puck possession system and you have a player that can be very successful.
Great playmakers come around every now and then. Trading away a talent such as Kane would be reckless unless the Blackhawks were able to get a significant amount in return.
Face of the Franchise
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Like it or not, Patrick Kane is one of the faces of the Chicago Blackhawks alongside Jonathan Toews.
He will be forever remembered for helping the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years with one of the strangest Cup-winning overtime goals ever scored.
You can't take that away from Kane.
How would the majority of fans react if Blackhawks' management suddenly decided to trade away a face of their franchise for one superstar? A question up for debate, but they would probably not be happy.
Besides, owner Rocky Wirtz would see that as bad business. Expect to see Kane wear the Blackhawks' sweater for the rest of his career.
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Kane's numbers this year are less that what fans have come to expect from the 23-year-old winger.
In 59 games this year, Kane has 48 points. Well below his point-per-game average of last year.
But his production will improve as he starts to hit his stride this season and in the coming years. It is only a matter of time before Kane hits the 100 point mark.
Regardless of his slump this season, Kane is still a factor in every single game, whether he's making a nice pass to one of his teammates or putting a good shot on goal.
Whatever it might be, Kane brings something to every game even if the points aren't necessarily coming in bunches right now.
There Is No Toews Without Kane
Well, there is a Toews without a Kane. But why would anyone want to seperate these two players?
They have great chemistry on the ice, thanks in part to all that they have been through with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Having Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on one line packs an offensive punch that the opponent has a hard time handling.
Leaving both Toews and Kane on the same team is in the best interest of the organization. They have become good friends, great hockey players, and will only get better as they play on in their respective careers.
A highlight reel play is always possible so long as Kane can dish a sweet pass to Toews. Why would anyone want to get rid of that?