Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane – Trade Rumors Are Just Rumors

Patrick Kane He is well aware that he has been the subject of massive business speculation for months. The Chicago Blackhawks winger just doesn’t believe in the hype.

“It was all just rumours,” Kane told Chicago’s training camp media availability on Thursday. “A lot of the rumors are just rumours, maybe people are looking for things to talk about in August when there’s really nothing going on with hockey, right? I don’t think there’s any legitimate conflict between the other teams and the Blackhawks. There has been a discussion.”

Kane, 33, is entering the final season of his eight-year, $84 million contract, just as Chicago takes a knee in a reconstruction that could last for years. That has been the basis for intensifying theories surrounding Kane – or Captain of the Blackhawks. Jonathan ToesKen may be on the move – even in the final year of a similar deal.

Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson has insisted he is not talking about the Chicago Superstars. Still, Ken’s name trended frequently on social media in late summer, and friends kept him in the loop over the latest Internet rumbles about his future — like it or not.

“You pay a little attention to it at first, and then you block it,” Kane said. “It is what it is.”

The same can be said for where Chicago is currently. After a decade of success, which included three Stanley Cup victories, the Blackhawks are in a long restructuring and are projected to be one of the NHL’s worst teams this season. No one has any idea how long it takes for Chicago to recover. And at this point, Kane said he has not spoken to the Blackhawks about a possible extension to stay on the 2022-23 campaign.

“There hasn’t really been much discussion on anything,” Kane said. “It’s not something we’ve really discussed. I think we all know the situation and what could potentially happen, but it’s not really something I’m thinking about right now.” . We’ll see how everything goes.”

If anything, the past few months have taught Ken to expect the unexpected. Davidson sent shock waves through Chicago – and the hockey world at large – when he traded the winger alex debrincat To Ottawa in July. Kane and Debrincat were longtime linemates and Chicago’s top scorers over the past two years (Kane led the way in 2021–22 with 91 points, ahead of Debrincat’s 78).

DeBrincat’s move perfectly signaled a change in Chicago’s direction and was personally upsetting to Kane.

“It’s depressing; it was like crushing at first,” Kane said of Debrincat’s departure. “Not only did we have some great chemistry on the ice, but he was one of my best friends and also the closest teammates off the ice… We really pushed each other. He definitely There is one person I will stop playing with.”

Kane would instead open this training camp in a row max domi, who signed his one-year free agent contract with Chicago last summer. Domi was one of Davidson’s many additions in the offseason which included receiving a new starting goaltender. petr marazecki (brought in via trade with Toronto) and appointed head coach Luke Richardson to replace interim bench boss Derek King.

Getting to know new faces is Ken’s focus. there is no “panic” [injury] The issue” put him ahead of this camp as in the previous two seasons, so overall Kane said he felt great. The veteran acknowledged that there are obstacles ahead for the Blackhawks to face, but Kane is confident. That Chicago can do better than is to be expected.

“Everyone has a positive outlook on the season, and I think we want to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said. “We are all working with a new coach and new systems. It will be a challenge, but it will be good. We will try to make the most of this training camp and pre-season and I will do what I do. I I can get ready for the season and help some people.”

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