Rangers acquire Patrick Kane from Blackhawks for multiple draft picks: Source

By Arthur Staple, Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers

New York Rangers acquire forward Patrick Kane from Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2023 second-round pick and fourth-round pick, source close to Kane says Athleticism. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The second-round pick will become a first-round pick in 2024 or 2025 if Rangers advance to the conference finals, according to ESPN.
  • Kane, 34, has 16 goals and 29 assists in 54 games this season.
  • He played his entire 16-year career in Chicago, totaling 1,161 games, 446 goals and 779 assists.
  • The Rangers are 34-17-19 and sit third in the Metro Division while the Blackhawks are 21-33-5, bottom in the Central Division.


The Patrick Kane trade saga appears to have finally reached its conclusion on Tuesday afternoon, with the star forward heading to New York after Rangers made a number of compensating moves over the past few days. On Saturday, the Rangers traded Vitali Kravtsov to Vancouver and placed Jake Leschyshyn on waivers. In Sunday’s 5-2 win over LA, the team dressed and sat defenseman Braden Schneider — who was sent to the AHL after the game — and forward Ryan Carpenter.

Kane’s open disappointment with the Rangers trade for Vladimir Tarasenko – more than three weeks before the March 3 trade deadline – was the clearest signal that the Blackhawks star was strongly considering waiving his out of pocket clause. ban on movement and ask Chicago. Last weekend, he quit the team’s road trip amid trade speculation.

Kane spent his entire 16-year career with Chicago after the team selected him first overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

How the Rangers Got Here

The trade everyone knew was coming has finally happened and Kane will make his Rangers debut in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Rangers general manager Chris Drury has tweaked his roster to fit cap requirements, he hasn’t given up a direct first-round pick – the 2023 runner-up in the deal could turn into a first of 2024 or 2025 if Rangers make it to the Eastern Conference Finals again – and Rangers get a highly motivated star player who’s been telling people he’d like to reunite with Artemi Panarin since Panarin signed with the Rangers four years ago.

A source close to Kane said he waived his no-trade clause to ease the deal on Sunday. Now the Rangers have 22 games to go in the regular season to figure out where Kane fits best, how to allocate power play time among their stars and whether that move is the one that can put Rangers in position to come out on top. a crowded Eastern Conference. . — Clip

What’s left for Kane in the tank?

At 34, Kane has spent most of this season mired in the worst campaign of his career. But the tanking was clearly weighing on him, and he was playing alongside Max Domi, Andreas Athanasiou, Jason Dickinson and Philipp Kurashev. Determined to come out strong, Kane reminded everyone just how good he can be – he posted 92 points with 66 career assists last season, after all – by delivering an absolute tear with seven goals and three assists in his last four. games as Blackhawk.

Kane’s game is not based on speed or strength, but rather on instability, creativity and some of the best vision of his generation. He’s a setup wizard, but he also has a deadly finishing ability, consistently outperforming his metrics. And the last time he played alongside Panarin, he was the league’s MVP. There’s plenty left in the tank. — Lazerus

What does this mean for the Blackhawks?

On the one hand, it is the end of an era. Kane was drafted by the Blackhawks as the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and has become arguably their most important player of all time. He leaves the organization ranked third in games (1,161), third in goals (446), second in assists (779) and second in points (1,225). More than that, he got away with it when games mattered most and helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cups. In 136 playoff games, he produced 132 points, including 52 goals and 80 assists. He will undoubtedly see his number 88 retired and will probably have a statue one day.

From a business standpoint, Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson must be disappointed. The Blackhawks were still going to do well with Kane, but they hoped this would be a situation where moving Kane would pay off a decent package. Ideally, they would have liked a first-round pick and a quality prospect. In Kane waiting to make a decision as long as he did, then leaving the Blackhawks with just one team to negotiate with, Davidson lost his clout. He was in a corner, and the Rangers knew it too. — Powers

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