The Chicago Blackhawks are an incredibly bad hockey team. Their roster needed to be torn apart because of horrid mistakes made by Stan Bowman before he was forced out of town. Now, Kyle Davidson is in that chair trying to rebuild it from the ground up. It is unfortunate that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have to deal with this.
The problem is that they have these two aging superstars that are in their 30s making over 10 million dollars on expiring contracts. They are both still very good players and could have a lot more hockey left in them but they aren’t 22 anymore.
Of course, Kane and Toews are easily two of the five greater players to ever put on Chicago Blackhawks uniforms. You can make a solid argument for them as the two undisputed greatest and a lot of people would agree with you.
That doesn’t change that the right move right now is to trade them while they are on these expiring deals. They both have no move clauses and can help decide on where but it is hard to see either of them choosing this last-place lottery season over a chance to win the Cup.
The Blackhawks should really try to trade Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Once they get past that part, then the contract number becomes the problem. Very few teams can take on a ten-million-dollar cap hit so there would have to be deals worked out. There are ways to get stuff like that done though.
A Stanley Cup that could use a two-way player like Jonathan Toews might do whatever they can to get him. He can score goals with the best of them, kill penalties, and make everyone around him better in all three zones.
As for Patrick Kane, he can help bring someone a valuable scoring winger that can make incredible plays. If he was put on another team with better wingers and centers to play with, he’d start to look like prime Patrick Kane again. This roster isn’t helping him get the most out of these skills.
Another thing that they both bring is incredibly valuable playoff experience. They have both won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs to go with their three Stanley Cups. There are also multiple other awards and All-Star Game appearances between them.
Now, the Hawks have no reason not to try and trade them. This team is going nowhere this season. It will also help them in the draft lottery if they removed two players this good. At this point, trading them should be a must.