Blackhawks agree to trade Patrick Kane to Rangers

Emilie KaplanESPN2 minute read

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to send star winger Patrick Kane to the New York Rangers, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

In return, the Rangers send two draft picks to Chicago — a 2023 second-round pick, which has conditions to move to a first-round pick, as well as a 2023 fourth-round pick. The second-round pick of 2023 will become a first-rounder if Rangers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. However, that first-round pick would be in 2024 or 2025.

The deal is expected to become official after 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, when New York has accrued the appropriate amount of cap space to fit in Kane’s contract. Chicago will keep 50% of Kane’s $10.5 million contract, sources told ESPN, and the Arizona Coyotes have signed to take on 50%, meaning Kane will only count for $2.625 million. dollars compared to the cap of the Rangers.

Arizona will get a 2025 third-round pick from Rangers for facilitating the deal, sources have told ESPN.

The trade call is scheduled for later Tuesday, sources told ESPN.

Kane is scheduled to travel to the East Coast on Tuesday and could make his Rangers debut as early as Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Kane, a three-time Stanley Cup champion who was picked first overall by the Blackhawks in 2007, is in the final year of an eight-year contract that included a no-move clause. The 34-year-old winger forced Chicago’s hand to their preferred destination, which significantly reduced the Blackhawks’ potential return.

Sources close to Kane said he was moved by the decision, as he had always envisioned himself retiring as a Blackhawks player.

Dealing with Kane represents Chicago’s official detour from its championship era as it rebuilds through the draft with a new management team and coaching staff in place.

Rangers initially wanted to add just one top-flight winger at the trade deadline, multiple sources say, and they picked the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko over Kane earlier this month.

“It’s not, like, the happiest thing I’ve been to hear about a trade,” Kane told reporters shortly after. According to sources, multiple teams have tried to pursue Kane – including the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers – however, the winger pushed behind the scenes to still go to the Rangers.

Kane received treatment for a hip injury this year, which was one of the reasons Rangers initially halted the acquisition of the veteran, sources have told ESPN. Kane told reporters the severity of that injury was exaggerated and then he started tearing up – scoring seven goals and 10 points in his last four games, before leaving the Blackhawks’ West Coast road trip on Saturday to go home to Chicago once. the Rangers trade materialized.

In New York, Kane will reunite with Artemi Panarin – his linemate for two seasons in Chicago, including Panarin’s rookie season which won the Calder Trophy in 2015-16.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Kane scored 20 goals in 14 of his 15 seasons prior to this one. And last season, when the rebuilding was just beginning to take shape in Chicago, he still had 26 goals and 92 points.

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