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All Patrick Kane

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

You're still a young guy but not a young player anymore, so do you still get that nervous feeling as camp approaches?

"Yeah, absolutely. It's always exciting to start the season. You always want to show up in good shape and prove that you're ready for the season. I think that's important. It's pretty crazy to think I'm going into my eighth year of playing in the NHL. That's unbelievable how fast it has gone by, but every year is a new challenge and you're always trying to prove yourself. It's always exciting when you can start the season off good and kind of get into the zone where you're going strong. That's what I hope to do this year."

You mention the eighth season. Does it feel like eight seasons on your body?

"No, it feels like it's my third or fourth. It's crazy. But they always say it goes by fast and I'm realizing that now. I still feel really good. I feel like I'm in the best shape I have been. I probably worked the hardest I have this summer as far as working out. It's probably the most I've skated any summer, for sure. I think it's beneficial for me to skate a lot, be on the ice, improve on certain things. I have always felt I'm a better player when I skate more. I just got into it this summer, kept skating. I have always enjoyed the game, love to play, so it's fun for me to go out there and skate and play, like you saw in these certain leagues. It's fun to get out there and work on your craft."

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Patrick Kane Or Phil Kessel?

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Kessel will turn 27 in October, while Kane hits 26 in November. Which player would you consider a bigger gift to your team?

The case for Kane: In addition to his sublime skills, Kane loves the spotlight. The guy is a star, pure and simple, a fact exemplified by his Cup-winning goal in 2010 and his Conn Smythe performance in 2013. On the ice, his playmaking and vision are what really set Kane apart. Just seven NHLers have registered more total assists than Kane since he entered the league in 2007–08 and only three of those players—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marty St. Louis—also have more goals. The Buffalo native may possess the softest hands on earth and when you combine that with the audacity to attempt ridiculous plays, you get things like his shootout winner against poor Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. A born showman with talent to match; sometimes Kane makes it seem like things just aren’t fair.

The case for Kessel: It really starts during the 2011–12 campaign, when Kessel became the point-per-game player he’s been for the past three seasons. He also hasn’t missed a game since the beginning of the 2009–10 season, his first year with Toronto. That ability to avoid injury contributes to Kessel’s standing as one of the surest things in the league. With the Leafs the past few years, you’ve really never known what might happen from one moment to the next. But the one thing you could count on was Kessel showing up to the rink, skating really fast down the right side of the ice and firing deadly wrist shots to all parts of the net. In the past three seasons, the list of guys who’ve scored more total goals than “Phil the Thrill” is limited to Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry....

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What More Could You Want?

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Let’s not get too nostalgic here, lest we look like sentimental fools. Let’s just say that this is nice, that it feels right, that it’s too bad it can’t be this way more often in sports. Nothing wrong with LeBron James getting to orchestrate his future, but if there’s one thing the San Antonio Spurs have taught us hardheaded types, it’s that very good players playing together for a long time can do great things.

And if there’s one thing that Toews and Kane have taught us, it’s that two great players are capable of giving a franchise a chance to win a championship every season. What more could a fan base want?

The surprise these days is when athletes stick around. LeBron’s talk about “four, five, six’’ NBA titles with the Heat is silenced now that he has bolted back to Cleveland after four seasons in Miami. Carmelo Anthony’s decision to stay with the Knicks wasn’t out of feelings of loyalty. It was because the Knicks could allow him to stack more Maseratis atop each other than other teams could. Winning? A secondary consideration, by about 30 lengths.

Toews and Kane are winners. Two Stanley Cups each. Both with a Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. A rookie-of-the-year award for Kane and more dramatic game-winning goals than anyone has a right to have. International success for both, but especially for Toews and that country to the north. Canada’s two gold medals the last two Olympics didn’t feel so painful here, not with the Hawks’ captain playing such a prominent role.

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Report- Kane And Toews Asking For $12M Per Year

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Dreger’s ‘Off-Season Watch’: on Heatley and Malone, Kesler’s situation, Hawks, etc.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun posited a set of "Rumblings," and TSN's summarized a similar amount of rumor fodder posited by Darren Dreger:

Patience is a Virtue: Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley and former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone may have to be patient in free agency according to Dreger. Dreger says their willingness to take one-year contracts will draw attention from more teams. The Lightning used their second compliance buyout on Malone on Tuesday while Heatley will become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.

Canucks Complex Dealings: The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade Ryan Kesler but this is a complicated negotiation. It's believed Kesler has identified just two teams in the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. That puts rookie general manager Jim Benning and the management of the Canucks in a tough spot because they're just negiotioation with the two teams. Maybe it's possible that the Canucks try to pull in their horns in an effort to encourage Kelser to expand his list.

Blackhawks Hope to Keep the Band Together: GM Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks are very eager to make sure the star component remains intact for a lengthy period of time. We're talking about how the new CBA is going to impact the superstar model of player and certainly Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews qualify as such. No longer is it allowed to frontload and go with that 10, 12 or 15-year mega-deal. Now we know it's a maximum of eight years so it's not inconceivable that, as long as the salary cap climbs to around $75 million in 2016 that Kane and Toews could come in around $11-12 million each.

The "Off-Season Watch" continues, and Dreger reports that Daniel Alfredsson's going to be "flexible" with his decision-making timeline. It is possible that, should the Boston Bruins don't re-sign Jarome Iginla, both Iginla and Alfredsson could be Wings next season.

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Jonathan Toews talks about his and Patrick Kane’s contract extensions

From the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, presented without comment:

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going to sign massive contract extensions this summer, possibly as early as July 1. That’s basically a given. It’s also highly likely they’ll do so on the same day, as they did in 2009.

“We’ve been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers,” Toews said Monday. “When we came in as rookies, and we’ve just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he’s got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that, as well.”

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier this month that he planned to have the deals done by July 1, the first day the two stars and franchise cornerstones are eligible to sign them. Toews didn’t want to put a timetable on it, saying, “We’re in discussions right now, but as far as I know, nothing is concrete.” Both Toews and Kane are represented by agent Pat Brisson.

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Summarizing the GM’s meetings in Twitter form, plus ESPN’s LeBrun’s ‘Rumblings’

Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...

In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...

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Tipping my hat to the Blackhawks as the team prepares to ‘reload’

Having a 2 AM-conversation with Franklin Steele on Twitter, I had to amend my take as to why the Chicago Blackhawks weren't able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. As a Red Wings fan, I would argue that a team needs Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov-sized motivation to repeat, and I would point out that the Blackhawks played until June 24th of 2013--and sometimes forget that 90% of the players who didn't make the Conference Final are already beginning their summertime workouts to prepare physically and mentally for the next season.

Chicago played so very late into the lockout-marred 2013 season that the mental and physical challenges the speedy Hawks faced had to feel insurmountable, and then Franklin reminded me that on top of having perhaps nine weeks to re-focus, TEN Blackhawks participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Even as a Wings fan, I have to applaud the hell out of the Hawks for getting to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final given the challenges they faced.

ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry as to what the Blackhawks need to do to "reload for 2014-2015," and while I'm sure that you'd argue point 1 of 3, inking Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions ahead of the pair qualifying for unrestricted free agency next summer, is job #1, I'd suggest that Custance's second point may matter more than the guaranteed first occurring:

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Afternoon Line

“I don’t think there’s a player in the league that has the puck on his stick, time of possession over the course of a game, more. He sees plays, makes plays. The bigger the stage, the more he likes that challenge.”

-Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Chicago Blackhaws on Patrick Kane.  More on Kane from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in what was not the world’s prettiest game

I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...

But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.

Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.

Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.

This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:

Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.

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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:

1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.

 

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Kane eliminates the Wild

The Minnesota Wild certainly played well in forcing the Blackhawks to six games and an overtime period, but Patrick Kane scoring in overtime has become something of a team-killing cliche. With Ryan Suter chasing his check behind the net and Jonas Brodin engaging in a "fly-by," Matt Cooke needed to try to neutralize Kane as a weird bounce off the back-boards got Ilya Bryzgalov moving, and Cooke whiffed, while Kane did not:

The result? A 2-1 OT win for Chicago, who will wait for the winner of the Ducks-Kings series in the Western Conference Finals, and all of one playoff-winning round for Craig Leipold and his $196 million investment in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, though it's assumed that it's all but inevitable that Austrian-turned-Minnesotan Thomas Vanek will sign with the Wild this summer (as ESPN's Craig Custance suggests in an Insider-only entry). I wonder what excuse Leipold will use if or when he tries to lock out the players and fans again?

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Video- Patrick Kane Works Some OT Magic

Patrick Kane goes short-side on Ryan Miller to even up the series at two games...

 

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Video- Patrick Kane Has A Lower-Body Injury

Here is the leg injury Patrick Kane suffered about midway into the 2nd period tonight.

Reports are surfacing Kane will be out a mininum of two weeks but the Blackhawks have not issued any statement.

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Video- Patrick Kane With The Goal Of The Night

Patrick Kane with a nice move and a great backhand.  The Blackhawks did lose 3-2 to the Avalanche.

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Patrick Kane’s Friends In Buffalo Want Him To Stay In Chicago

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

There was a time when Patrick Kane dreamed of playing in his hometown of Buffalo for the Sabres.

That was before his life changed in 2007 when the Blackhawks made him the first pick in the draft.

Kane has won two Stanley Cups here and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this year, and he was rookie of the year in 2008.

Now Kane says even his buddies back in Buffalo would prefer it if he stayed in Chicago when his contract expires after next season.

"I think they like making the trip out to Chicago and coming to some games here, being in front of great crowds at the United Center," Kane said. "It's different for them. They're pretty much saying don't come back to Buffalo, stay in Chicago."

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Video- Is It The Stick Or The Person Using The Stick?

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Patrick Kane - The Face Of American Hockey?

from James Neveau of NBC Chicago,

The truth of the matter is that when you combine the flair with which he plays the game, the quality of his playoff performances, and the emerging maturity that is redefining his image in the minds of Chicago fans (and is catching nationwide notice, for that matter), then there is no other conclusion than to say that Kane is the face of hockey in the United States.

Guys like Parise and Quick may be able to match Kane if this were a question simply of ability, but when you factor in the star power, as well as the allure of playing for one of the game’s most storied franchises, then Kane is without equal in this discussion. At only 24 years of age, Kane is (hopefully) far from finished in this league, but when all is said and done, then he may end up usurping guys like Mike Modano and others as the most legendary American to ever lace up a pair of skates.

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Patrick Kane With The Stanley Cup In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

You can say Patrick Kane’s hockey career has been a wild ride, so it’s fitting the South Buffalo native opted for a trio of crazy rides Saturday.

To celebrate his day with the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks winger toured Western New York in a limousine bus and emerged from a military humvee and a Zamboni holding hockey’s holy grail aloft for adoring fans to see.

“Any time you can come back to Buffalo and bring the Stanley Cup, it’s a great thing for me,” Kane said Saturday morning during a visit to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

From No. 1 overall draft pick to two-time Stanley Cup champion to Olympic silver medalist to Conn Smythe Trophy winner — and all by age 24 — Kane has become one of the biggest names in the NHL. Each player on the winning team gets the Cup for a 24-hour period and Kane made a big entrance with it at Hangar 907 in Niagara Falls.

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Video- Patrick Kane With David Letterman

Kane visited the Late Show with David Letterman today.

The show is taped eariler in the day so here is Kane with Letterman.

 

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Conn Smythe Talk


The Conn Smythe Trophy is an annual award given to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs. The winner is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of the final game in the Stanley Cup finals.

Would you have awarded Kane the Conn Smythe Trophy?  If not, as a member of Kukla's Korner expert fan union, who would have received your vote?

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“Kane Comes To Play Every Night”

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Denis Savard fathered Patrick Kane’s style, so it’s no surprise that he loves the player like a son.

“You get to meet him, you get to know him, and you’re gonna love him like he’s your son or your brother. He’s a great kid. He’s done a lot of great things for Chicago,” says Savard, a 52-year-old Hall of Famer. “And I always remind people of this: Patrick Kane comes to play every night.”

For the first time since the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning season of 2009-10, Kane produced at better than a point-per-game rate in the 47 games he came to play in 2013. His 23 goals and 32 assists in this chopped-short season were good enough for fifth overall in NHL scoring — and Kane averaged at least 50 seconds less ice time per game (20:03) than the four guys ahead of him in the race.

While Chicago’s multidimensional captain, Jonathan Toews, has taken some heat this postseason for producing nary a goal and only three assists in the team’s first eight playoff contests, Kane’s output has maintained. No. 88 has eight in eight.

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Video- Can Patrick Kane Be Stopped In The Shootout?

Another typical Patrick Kane SO goal and the game winner against Columbus.

To the goalies out there, how do you stop it?

 

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Leave Pat Kane Alone

So says Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls when asked by ESPN Chicago who his top 3 Chicago athletes are at the one minute mark of this video…

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Patrick Kane Talks Before Blackhawks’ Convention

via Ben Meyer-Abbott of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Patrick Kane said Friday he was embarrassed by the photos that emerged after a party-filled weekend less than two weeks after the Blackhawks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The pictures—which appeared to show an intoxicated Kane in Madison, Wis., including one in which it appeared he was passed out at a bar—were published in an article on Deadspin.com and the Hawks star winger has kept out of the media since the story broke.

“It was embarrassing,” Kane said before participating in the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks’ annual convention. “That’s the first thing I can say. From all the pictures that came out, everything, from the Hawks organization, to my family, to myself personally, it’s embarrassing. I try to pride myself on being involved with the fans and taking pictures when they’re asked for because I know I was a little kid one day that really looked up to stars like myself and try to give them that on behalf. But like I said, hopefully it’s something I can learn and mature from. It’s still part of my maturation process and something I’m still trying to get better at and the biggest thing, it was embarrassing.”

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Blackhawks Remain Silent On Latest Kane Incident

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

Nothing from the Hawks. No matter how many times the Hawks are asked. Nothing.

So, Kane gets the same kind of defense off the ice that he provides on it. That says the problem child is guilty.

It’s also might say something else: that someone at every level of the organ-I-zation is trying to trade Kane.

Think about it: Someone at every level would have reason to want Kane’s immature, image-staining, overrated, playoff-failing backside out of here.

This is like “Clue,’’ only the board game is played on ice, or face down in a bar.

People up and down the flow chart would have a motive to dump Kane, starting with owner Rocky Wirtz. It’s his team that Kane continually embarrasses going back those limo photos in Vancouver. It’s his franchise that looks stupid going back to Kane’s abuse of a senior citizen driving a taxi in Buffalo. It’s his name on the checks that average $5 million for below-average seasons from Kane. You wouldn’t just understand Wirtz’s demand to run Kane out of town, geez, you’d applaud.

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The ‘Boy’ Still Remains In Patrick Kane

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Twenty-three-year-olds still have some wild oats to sow. I was 23 once and so were many of you. But we weren’t representing an NHL hockey team. We didn’t score the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Hawks. Our lives weren’t very public….

If you Googled “Patrick Kane’’ on Saturday, the first item that came up was “Patrick Kane’s drunken weekend.’’ That’s not something the image-conscious Blackhawks want when they’re trying to sell themselves to families. That’s not what you want 8-year-old Timmy seeing when he’s researching his favorite player for a school report.

Athletes are role models, whether they want to be or not. It comes with the money and the fame. Your every move is watched, analyzed and judged. Some of those moves are emulated, even the stumbling-drunk ones.

I don’t want to go all Puritan on Kane here. It can’t be overstated that he’s 23. But does his, um, enthusiasm have to be so public? Is it really necessary for him to dance on a bar top with a bottle in his hand (see YouTube)? Is taking off your shirt in a club a prerequisite to having a good time?

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Keep Kane

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

On paper, the 2011-12 season was Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane’s worst in his five-year career. Even his wide-eyed rookie campaign was better statistically.

Kane’s 66 points marked his lowest output yet. His 23 goals were just two more than his rookie-year total. It would seem that he took a step back after being a point-per-game player the last two seasons.

It’s deceiving, though. While he’s paid to score, assist and spring fans from their seats, what Kane truly did this season might be underrated.

Kane is more of a team player than many give him credit for, and the idea of trading him is foolish.

“As far as my season personally, you want to put up some more points and some more goals,” Kane said this week. “But I’m excited about the challenge next year.”

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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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Would The Blackhawks Move Kane?

from ESPNChicago,

The free-falling Chicago Blackhawks need a goaltender, and they can afford to trade All-Star Patrick Kane to get one, former Hawk and current NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick said Wednesday….

“Everybody knows I am a huge Patrick Kane fan, but when you’re talking something of this nature, is Patrick Kane dealable? As much as I don’t want to say it, they can afford to get rid of Patrick Kane,” Roenick said Wednesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “They can afford to—with the season he’s having—maybe with his off-ice reputation, maybe with the skill they have on their team—it’s doable.

“Do I like it? No, because I love Patrick Kane. He is one of the most talented and one of the best players in the NHL. But if you really want a top-end goaltender you’re going to have to give up somebody.”

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Video- Patrick Kane Becomes Superman In The Breakaway Challenge

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Patrick Kane Maturing

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

After developing a reputation as a party boy—especially after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals—Kane appears to have embraced a more pastoral lifestyle.

It’s a small thing, but with his parents and a friend in town for the All-Star proceedings, Kane insisted that team staff working over the weekend join them for dinner.

“He’s not the kid in that way that he used to be,” Bowman said.

For a period of time, photos of Kane out on the town would regularly pop up in various places on the Internet, but those occasions seem to have waned. There are few reports of excessive socializing in Chicago or on the road.

“I don’t know. I think as time goes on you start to grow up a little bit,” Kane said Friday. “I probably learned that ever since I was 18 ‘til 23, now every year, I think I get a little bit more mature and start focusing on the things that really matter in life.

“For me, I think I’m still a kid. I mean everyone likes to have their fun and do some different things away from the rink. I’ve always kind of prided myself on being myself and trying to stick true to who I am and how I was raised.”

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Where’s Patrick Kane?

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

Kane finally reached double figures last week. His 10 goals for the season rank outside the top 100 in the league. Excuse me, but is he getting paid like, I don’t know, the 109th-best player in the NHL? I’ll hang up and listen for the cursing.

Kane hasn’t scored a goal in his last three games, has one goal in his last 10, two in his last 15, and three in his last 24, one of which came on the power play. He has 13 assists in that time and is a minus-7.

Kid forward Jimmy Hayes has more goals than Kane in the last three weeks, and Hayes hasn’t even been here that long.

This sounds like a rant leading to a demand that the Hawks trade Kane. But no, that is not what this is leading to. That’s not the point.

The point is that Kane either show up or be sat down.

Kane absolutely must make a difference. He has to scare teams. Too often, he looks like a peewee out there. Too often, he’s just not dangerous.

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Afternoon Line

“Ever since I’ve been here, we’ve maybe beat them in the regular season and obviously lost (to them) in the (2009) playoffs, but we’ve never really dominated them or got the chance to say that we’re officially a better team than them.  Even though we’ve had some ups against them in the regular season, we’ve never beaten them in the playoffs. So, it’s always fun to keep proving ourselves in games like (Friday).”

-Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.  More on tonight’s Detroit/Chicago game from Brian Hedger of NHL.com.

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Afternoon Line- Part 2

“I know the fans love it.  It’ll be Friday night, late December. There should be a pretty rowdy crowd so it will be fun to play in front of them.”

-Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks talking about Friday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Blackhakwks from Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.

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Video- NHL 36: Patrick Kane

I really enjoyed this and looking forward to more players being involved.

The video is in four parts (about 5 minutes each), the first one here and the rest below…

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Video- Patrick Kane With The Shootout Winner

Left, right, left, right, left, right, left…....

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Following Patrick Kane

NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2011) – The National Hockey League and NHL Original Productions today announced the debut of the day-in-the-life series “NHL 36.” Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. on VERSUS, the first installment of this unprecedented documentary series will train its cameras upon Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

Providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes peek into the life of this NHL superstar, NHL 36 takes viewers into Kane’s world for 36 straight hours as he lives the life of a not-so-average 23-year-old. Through an array of microphones and isolated cameras, the 30-minute documentary will offer unique insight into Kane’s game on the ice. The show also will feature interviews with Kane’s family.

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Video- Can You Get A Spin-O-Rama Assist?

Kane to Hossa…

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More “Bits & Pieces”

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Once again, in my off season struggles to come up with something to blog about, discuss with my friends, or even chat about, with some one wearing Hawks gear, I’ve only been able to come up with a few more bits and pieces. Here’s a few of them now.

On the minor league note, The Rockford Ice Hogs single game season tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, September 8th. I have not read anything about an increase in tickets prices for this season. So here’s your chance to see future Hawk stars, on the glass, for right around $25.

Now, I said I would not comment on speculation as to the return of Patrick Kane. (Kane had surgery the third week in July on his left wrist) However, Kaner spoke about his recovery and here’s what he had to say;

“I’ve always believed training camp is a real big time of year for myself to get ready for the regular season, It’s definitely something you want to use.”

 

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Right on the Wing

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We’ll kick off our look at the top forwards in fantasy with a listing of the top options at the right wing position.

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TALK’N HAWKS: Player By Player #2

I you have been following this blog (by the way, comments from people other than Red Wings fans are also welcome) you know that I’ve been taking a player or two and giving my thoughts on them. The “Player by Player” series, if you will. Well here’s another.

Let’s tackle the Boy Wonder, Patrick Kane. I’ve never doubted the ability of this Number 1 Draft Pick, or his talent. I will remember his unusual overtime goal in Game 6 against the Flyers forever. However, he seemed to be riding that glory a little last season. I don’t know what’s in a guys head, not to mention it’s been a long time since I’ve been that age, but that’s the feel I got. One thing for sure, the honeymoon is over from the ‘10 Cup and I think Kaner knows it. For one, he is a little older - maturer, I would say yes, judging from his comments and attitude at the HAWKS Convention. His dedication, although always there, seems to be more focused.

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Wrist Surgery For Kane

via Blackhawks.com,

The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding forward Patrick Kane:

Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Patrick Kane sustained a left wrist injury which came to light recently during his off-season training. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a scaphoid fracture. We anticipate a full recovery in 6-8 weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues.”

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Patrick Kane Supports Blackhawks Trades

From Jesse Rogers at ESPN:

Despite saying good-bye to three teammates who helped them win a Stanley Cup, at least two Chicago Blackhawks understand why Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell and Tomas Kopecky were cut loose in favor of some tougher, older players.

“We’ve added some things that will help us win again,” Patrick Kane said Wednesday. “That’s the most important thing.

“You can have those relationships, and it’s always nice to have those, but we’re here to win hockey games. You see some of the players we added. You get a lot of grit, some experience, some maturity.”

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Picking On Kane

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Patrick Kane said he isn’t the mystery chirper who angered the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton during a game Tuesday in Boston, but the Blackhawks winger nearly paid the price for it anyway.

“I didn’t say anything,” Kane said Friday night before the Hawks played the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. “You have the wrong guy on that one.”

Thornton was upset at something that was said as he made his way to the bench after suffering a deep gash on his forehead that took 40 stitches to close. Several of the Bruins apparently thought Kane was the culprit and confronted the 5-foot-10, 178-pound winger.

“I was going out for the (next) faceoff and the next thing I know three guys are around me,” said Kane, who has not been in a fight in his four NHL seasons. “I don’t know if they thought I said it or what. I was like, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’”

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Video- NBC Takes A Look At Patrick Kane…

...Mike Milbury says time for Kane to grow-up.

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Final Thoughts on Raleigh and All-Star Weekend

The intent of my trip to Raleigh for coverage of All-Star Weekend was simple: Get a feel for the experience from a professional perspective as well as monitor the pulse of the fans, chat up some players I don’t get to see all that often and also those I see on a regular basis in a different element, do some networking and, as Boss Man Paul continually reminded me to do throughout the weekend, have a little fun.

Looking back, that final component is exactly what I’ll remember most about the adventure and my guess is that most that attended All-Star Weekend – be they fans, players, media, league execs, sponsors or those belonging to some other miscellaneous category – would probably say the same thing.

Raleigh, as many others have opined before me, did a wonderful job as a host. The locals were as excited for the event as they were prepared, welcoming, happy and proud of their city, as well they should be. I’d never spent any significant time in these parts in the past but it will definitely be worth another stop in the future.

This being my first big league event, I had consulted with several people who have experienced something of this nature in the past in the weeks leading up to the trip and, while a few cautioned that an occasion of this magnitude could be slightly intimidating at times, I didn’t find that to be true at all for myself and I’m not sure many other first-timers would say otherwise. The vibe, from the moment I picked up my credentials on Friday morning, was light-hearted. At the same time, the entire operation throughout the weekend was first-class. Kudos to the NHL, the city of Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes for pulling everything off in fine fashion.

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Evening Line

“The way we’re playing, a lot of us feel that when we get to the playoffs we’re going to have a really good team.”

-Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Read more on Chicago from Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune.

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Kane Appears To Be Out For Weeks

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

As it did following injuries to Brian Campbell, Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland, life will go on for the Blackhawks without Patrick Kane.

Kane suffered a significant injury during the Hawks’ 4-2 victory Sunday night over the Flames, and while it’s not known yet exactly how long the winger will be out after hurting his left leg, it’s more likely a matter of weeks instead of days.

“We’ve found a way to play without some of our top players,” team captain Jonathan Toews said. “Guys like Campbell and Hossa and I guess now we don’t have a choice, we’ll have to do it without Kane. It’s about everyone else stepping up.

“You’re going to have some ups and downs as the season goes along. Injuries are part of the game. It’s something you have to deal with so we’ll just try our best … and that’s pretty much all we can do.”

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Patrick Kane Will Be Out A Bit

Numerous tweets stating Coach Q. says Kane will be out a bit with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last few hours, lost web access due to DNS problems at Comcast.  Switched to OpenDNS as suggested by a tweet and I am back to normal.

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