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Trade Patrick Kane?

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

But since the Cup winner, Kane has scored one goal in his last 13 playoff games.

Maybe Kane becomes that kind of player again. Maybe he becomes a big-time goal-scorer if the Hawks bring in that No. 2 center.

Or maybe Kane brings that dangerous second-line center in return.

It would be worth boycotting the team if the Hawks hockey operations department wanted to trade Kane but couldn’t because the marketing wonks have made him and Toews the faces of the franchise.

I know the Hawks are big on marketing and branding, but when the hucksters in a hockey organ-I-zation dictate to the hockey people in a hockey organ-I-zation, it’s over. You’re dead. Welcome to Loserville. That’s thumbsucker stuff. That’s the old Cubs blueprint, or even the new Cubs blueprint. Isn’t that right, Kerry Wood?

I’m not saying that would be the case, just that it had better not be. Look, here’s the deal: Hawks fans deserve more, certainly more than an increase in season-ticket prices. I presume “One Goal’’ remains the point. I also presume Kane shouldn’t be outscored by an ad campaign.

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I dont know how wise trading Kane would be.  However is it fair to label him an underachiever at this point?  Yea he was great in the Hawks Cup run, I’m not discounting that.  For someone with Kanes talent tho, one 30 goal season and one season over a point per game? That doesnt seem good enough to me.  I get frustrated watching him play, he just has the talent to be a much much better player IMO.

Posted by JT from Pitt on 04/25/12 at 05:59 PM ET

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Anyone who watched the series saw that Patrick was the ONLY player that made plays that had a chance of scoring on a consistent basis. Everyone favorite Captain Toews was invisible. No other hawk was at all visible.

Posted by timbits on 04/26/12 at 12:33 AM ET

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