by Patrick Hoffman on 06/17/12 at 02:00 PM ET
With the NHL Draft and Free Agency just a week and two weeks away, respectively, this also means that there will be tons of chatter and rumors to follow.
One rumor that has come to the surface is that Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Patrick Kane might be available via trade. While Kane has not been a problem on the ice, it is his off ice activities that have the Blackhawks’ brass wondering if they should try and deal him.
New York Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather needs to stay away from Kane. Yes, Kane has a lot of offensive talent, can put the puck in the net, has won a Stanley Cup and is still very young, but according to one Blackhawks’ beat writer, there is also a lot of downside.
Not Defensively Responsible
We’re talking about a player whose initials are P.K. but penalty killing is the last place you’d put Kane. I have no idea if Quenneville gets the irony, but he certainly knows he can’t trust Kane defensively. He also certainly knows Kane isn’t a center, not after that disaster of a playoff series with zero goals and barely more faceoff wins.
If one is going to play in team head coach John Tortorella’s system, knowing how to play well on both sides of the puck is a must. Again, Kane has the offensive side of the game down pat (no pun intended) but defensively, he is a liability.
It Is Easy to Get in Trouble in New York
This incident involves one of the Hawks’ two hood ornaments, and there is deafening silence about Kane’s apparent Cinco de Mayo bender in Madison, Wis., that allegedly included choking a woman before being thrown out of a party and making an anti-semitic slur during another altercation. Oh, and don’t forget the alleged public intoxication and passing out at a bar.
Secondly, his partying ways would more than likely not translate well in a big-time city like New York, the city that never sleeps. If Kane thinks the media is bad everywhere he goes, just wait until he comes to Broadway.
Again, there is no doubting that Kane has a lot of offensive talent but if Sather is smart, he will stay away from Kane should the Blackhawks officially make him available.
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