Leave “Showtime” in Chicago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 21: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks forechecks during a 4-1 Los Angeles Kings win at Crypto.com Arena on April 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

These days it seemingly only takes one person to get a rumor started or help it grow legs. After the draft in Montreal and everything the Chicago Blackhawks did there’s been a lot of smoke around the Rangers and Patrick Kane. Kyle Davidson has really kicked Chicago’s rebuild into high gear with the trades of Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach. Now the hockey world is buzzing about the future of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the Windy City.

This isn’t new for the Rangers to be connected to high priced big name players, if you don’t believe just look back at last year with all the Jack Eichel rumors, also Kane has been connected to the Rangers even at the trade deadline. However it was rumored that Kane wasn’t yet ready to waive his NMC to leave Chicago but with everything going on right now Kane might be ready to come around. Larry Brooks is always one to stoke the flame this weekend and say that trading for Kane should become Chris Drury’s priority this offseason.

Larry could not be more wrong on this one if he tried.

If there’s one thing that the New York Rangers do not need it would be yet another winger. Listen, there’s no denying that Kane is the greatest American born player of all-time, until Auston Matthews takes that mantle away, but he’s not a fit for this current Rangers club. If the Blueshirts were more steady down the middle and had their second line center in place it would likely change the debate entirely. Right now, however there’s no iron clad answer at the second line pivot as of now.

With the likes of Kravtsov and Kakko on the right side there’s no real need for the Rangers to move some significant futures in order to add Kane for likely only the year. Kane is still extremely dominate and there’s no doubt that adding him back with Panarin would be absolutely lethal but it would make a bad defensive line even worse. We saw in the playoffs that the second line would get hemmed in defensively rather easily and adding Kane would make that line even more of a defensive blackhole.

Instead of yet again focusing on the shiny toy that’s available, Chris Drury needs to focus on adding a competent second line center that can help address this teams woes at even strength. A move to add Patrick Kane would scream more typical Rangers of chasing a star leaving his prime and something we haven’t seen on Broadway in awhile. This is also a club that’s not just one player away from being able to win a Cup and whatever fans might think, Kane would only be here for this season. Trading significant assets and futures are not worth it for just one year of Patrick Kane.

Now if the Rangers could somehow lock up the second line center role and add Kane while maintaining the cap, then that is a no-brainer

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  • Nick has been an integral member of TheFHN since the founding of the network. A hockey player in various levels since a young age and a lifelong Rangers fan, Nick bleeds blue. As a podcaster for the past 8 years, Nick is 1/2 of the team for the Two 4 Roughing and 30 on Broadway Talking Blueshirts podcasts. In addition to the podcasts, he is a writer for 30 on Broadway OT.

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