With the Chicago Blackhawks seemingly in a state of rebuild, I think it makes sense for the Chicago Blackhawks to trade Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Here are some trades that would make sense for the two franchise stars.
Patrick Kane Trade Destinations:
New York Rangers
Patrick Kane Trade 1:
NY Rangers get Patrick Kane
CHI Blackhawks get Kappo Kakko/Vitaly Kravtsov, Nils Lundkvist, cond. '23 2nd round pick, cond. '25 3rd round pick. If the Rangers make the second round of the playoffs, 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick. If Patrick Kane re-signs with the Rangers, Chicago gets a 2025 3rd-round pick.
This trade benefits both teams and the deal will reunite him alongside his former linemate Artermi Panarin.
Patrick Kane Trade 2:
EDM get Patrick Kane
CHI Blackhawks get Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyson Barrie, 2024 1st round pick.
Chicago retains 25% of Patrick Kane's Contract.
This trade is strictly a rental for Edmonton, while for Chicago they get some nice pieces for Kane so they don't lose him for nothing.
Patrick Kane Trade 3:
EDM get Patrick Kane
BUF get Casey Mittelstadt, JJ Peterka, Alexander Kisakov, '23 2nd round pick, cond. '23 2nd round pick. If Kane re-signs with Buffalo, Chicago gets a 2023 2nd round pick.
Chicago gets a pretty good haul in exchange for Patrick Kane, while Kane gets to play for his hometown team.
The Rangers have the best assets to offer Patrick Kane, the question is whether they would be willing to part with a play like Kappo Kakko or Vitaly Kravtsov for a rental like Patrick Kane. Since Patrick Kane has an NMC, he will ultimately control where he ends up, so I think will be between the Sabres or the Rangers, as they are both close to home.
Jonathan Toews Trade Destinations:
Jonathan Toews Trade 1:
WPG get Jonathan Toews
CHI Blackhawks get Nate Schmidt, David Gustafsson, 1st round pick '24.
This is a good trade for Jonathan Toews as the Blackhawks are going to get, as his cap hit very unattractive to contenders, so they will have to take back a bad contract as well.
Jonathan Toews Trade 2:
COL Avalanche get Jonathan Toews
CHI Blackhawks get JT Compher, Martin Kaut, 2023 1st round pick.
This is a trade that is made at the Deadline, as Colorado doesn't have enough cap space now to make the trade, but with more cap space available at the deadline, it would be a possibility.
Jonathan Toews Trade 3:
OTT Senators get Jonathan Toews
CHI Blackhawks get Ridly Greig, Shane Pinto, Nikita Zaitsev, 2024 1st round pick.
This trade allows the Senators to do two things, add Jonathan Toews and at the same time dump Nikita Zaitsev's contract.
Unlike the Patrick Kane trade where all the Blackhawks will get a favorable return, the Blackhawks may not get that great a return if they do trade, Jonathan Toews, because he has an NMC and he would have to accept the move there, which restricts the possible trade destinations. Teams like Colorado and Winnipeg may not be able to offer as much as a team like Ottawa could, but Toews wants to win, which would definitely favor the Colorado Avalanche, and the Blackhawks may not get a great return as the Avalanche doesn't have much to offer in a trade for Toews.
Most likely results:
Patrick Kane traded to NYR
Jonathan Toews traded to COL
This is how the lineup looks like after the trades
F: F.Nazar, M.Kaut, C.Dach, P.Ludwinski, R.Greene, G.Hayes
D: I.Mitchell, N.Lundkvist, K.Korchinski, E.Del Mastro, S.Rinzel
G: J.Stauber, A.Soderblom
The Chicago Blackhawks look like a rebuilding team but added some picks and prospects for two of their former franchise players.