Patrick Kane breaks his silence on a potential trade to the Leafs

Published February 20, 2023 at 9:28

The NHL trade deadline is always a busy time for teams looking to improve their rosters for a playoff push. One of the biggest names on the rumour mill this year was Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. For years, Kane had been linked to a potential trade to the New York Rangers, but their recent acquisition of Vladimir Tarasenko from the St. Louis Blues effectively closed the door on that possibility.

As the deadline approached, the Toronto Maple Leafs emerged as a potential destination for Kane. However, after the Leafs traded for Ryan O'Reilly, it became clear that they were not in the running for Kane's services.

Kane seemed to confirm this in a post-game interview after he led the Blackhawks to victory over the Leafs with a dominant hat-trick performance. He stated that he was not aware of any discussions with the Leafs and cautioned against believing everything that was being reported in the media.

"I don't think there's really, at least that I know of, much discussion of that (a trade to Toronto) being an option. There's a lot of different reports out there, and not all of them are true. So, gotta be careful what you listen to."

The situation highlights the fickle nature of the NHL trade market. Kyle Dubas, the Maple Leafs' general manager, had previously stated that he was not willing to trade a first-round pick for a rental player, but that stance clearly changed with the acquisition of O'Reilly. It also raises questions about what the future holds for Kane, who is undoubtedly one of the league's top talents but is now facing an uncertain future with the Blackhawks.

As the trade deadline passed, many other players found themselves on new teams, some in surprising moves that nobody saw coming. It just goes to show that in the NHL, anything can happen, and it often does

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Patrick Kane breaks his silence on a potential trade to the Leafs

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