Blackhawks officially trade franchise icon Patrick Kane to Rangers
Blackhawks officially trade Patrick Kane to Rangers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks have officially traded franchise icon Patrick Kane to the New York Rangers, the team announced Tuesday evening.
Here's a look at the full three-team trade that included the Arizona Coyotes, who served as the third-party broker and retained 25 percent of Kane's salary while the Blackhawks retained the other 50 percent:
Blackhawks acquire: Andy Welinski, conditional second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft (that could turn into a first if the Rangers reached the Eastern Conference Final this season), a fourth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft
Rangers acquire:Patrick Kane, Cooper Zech
Coyotes acquire: Conditional third round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft
With the Blackhawks in a full-scale rebuild, it felt inevitable that Kane would be moved ahead of the March 3 trade deadline. He was in the final year of his contract which carried a cap hit of $10.5 million and included a full no-movement clause.
Kane approved a deal to New York, and he will now be a member of the Rangers, where he will reunite with former linemate Artemi Panarin. He could make his Rangers debut as soon as Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Kane's full statement:
"I’m so thankful for everything the city, the Blackhawks organization, my teammates and the fans have done for me and my family over the last 16 years—the support was constant from day one and Chicago will forever be home for us.
This has been an emotional time for me and my family, but I feel this decision puts me in the best spot to immediately win another Stanley Cup. This isn’t about me leaving the Blackhawks, but this is an opportunity for me—the Blackhawks did everything they could to put me in a great position and I will forever be grateful. It is bittersweet to leave a place that is so special to me, but I will always carry the memories we made in Chicago.
I will miss the roar of the United Center, the deafening sound of the anthem and the people of Chicago. Together, we made memories that will last a lifetime like the three Stanley Cup Champions banners that will forever hang at the United Center. I look forward to this next step in my career and will forever be appreciative for all I have received from the Blackhawks and Chicago.”
Kane will go down as perhaps the greatest player in Blackhawks history. He was drafted by Chicago with the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and went on to lead the franchise to three Stanley Cup victories while picking up a Hart and Art Ross Trophy and a Conn Smythe Trophy along the way.
Kane ranks second in franchise history with 1,225 points, behind only Stan Mikita (1,467). It's only a matter of time before Kane's No. 88 is raised to the rafters and a statue is unveiled outside the United Center.
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