The greatest player in Chicago Blackhawks history is now with the Detroit Red Wings.
Patrick Kane recently signed with Detroit for the remainder of the season. It will hurt to see his 88 on a Red Wings sweater.
It was painful to watch Chris Chelios play for Detroit, but at least the Hawks traded him there. Kane willingly went to the Hawks’ most hated rival.
At least Hawks fans will not have to watch his first game with the Red Wings come against the franchise he won three Stanley Cups with.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Red Wings renew their rivalry, but Kane will not skate in it. Instead, he is expected to make his Red Wings debut on the road next week against his hometown Buffalo Sabres.
Although, it will be awkward chanting “Detroit Sucks!” on February 25th when the Hawks host the Red Wings knowing Kane is with them. Come to think of it, Alex DeBrincat will be with them too.
Then again, the rivalry has died down since Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference. Now these two teams only face off twice a year and the only chance they will ever meet in the playoffs ever again is in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators rivalry is more intense these days. Well, the Predators rivalry is mostly Nashville hating Blackhawks fans invading their stadium.
Still, this is like seeing Michael Jordan wear a Washington Wizards uniform. Except the Wizards were never a truly despised franchise by Chicago.
Kane and Jordan did have to leave town because of the decline of the teams that play at the United Center. Well, the Chicago Bulls volunteered to decline but that is another story.
The Hawks needed to rebuild, and Kaner wanted no part of that. General manager Kyle Davidson did right by him and traded him to the New York Rangers at last year’s deadline.
Kane earned the right to choose whatever team he wanted to play for in free agency. Hip surgery just delayed that choice. Now that he is recovered, he wants to play with DeBrincat again.