Trading Kane

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Is Kane gonzo?

So little Patty Kane has drunk himself into another hole that the Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to dig him out of. Is he our generation’s version of Derek Sanderson? Troubled NHL star with addictive tendencies and seems to attract the wrong kind of people due to his inability to control himself.

The trade rumors have been swirling all week since this article was posted. Apparently teams aren’t scared off by the PR debacle that Kane has made for himself. Well what if you put all of that aside for a moment. I know its hard to do that but let’s concentrate on Kane the hockey player not Kane the douchebag.

Is this a player that would benefit the Edmonton Oilers? Keep in mind, we’re forgetting about all the off-ice stuff. Starting with his HERO chart.

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He’s elite… There’s no doubt about that but he’s not a team player. His linemates seem to suffer from his lack of a defensive game but nobody really cares because his offense is so good.

Now this is the part where I say forget about what I said earlier because we’re going to talk value. Given his history off the ice it must certainly be something that has to be considered when discussing trades. His contract is another albatross that would factor in greatly. Another thing will be his punishment IF he’s convicted and there’s reports online that he’s as close to guilty as one can be found before a trial. I mean think about it, there has been nothing out of his camp to suggest he’s innocent. So will he be suspended by the league? If so, how long? A season? More?

Kane is only 26 years old so even if he were shut down for a season it wouldn’t affect his on-ice career greatly.

If I were to trade for Pat Kane and I’m the Edmonton Oilers. I’d find a way for them to eat that contract and take Nail Yakupov. That is the base from which I would work from. I imagine tossing in some prospects like Jordan Oesterle, Tyler Pitlick, or Iiro Pakarinen would also be part of the plan. But there’s no way I’d be taking more than half of that contract and keeping Yakupov.

Patrick Kane is Stanley Cup winner in the most purest of senses. He scored the OT goal to win a Stanley Cup and not many players can say that. He’s also a Conn Smythe winner so we know he rises to the occasion (no pun intended).

Seeing him on a line with Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall might just destroy what is left of humanity. And don’t tell me, “Oh he’ll be bad for the kids!”

Look. The Oilers have plenty of good characters on the team that could show the youngins how to behave as professional hockey players not only that but let’s not take away from the young players themselves. Not every player under the age of 20 is prone to Peter Pan Syndrome.

But this is something we’ll never see. Just some musings from a Beer League Hero.

I hope you enjoyed the read. Let me know in the comments below if you think you’d trade for Patrick Kane.

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  • He may be going down the Derek Sanderson road, but he is not even close to Derek Sanderson status.
    And I would not want Kane in the Oiler Dressing room. We have a great group of kids that are going places. They do not need to be hanging out with Kane after games and practices.
    If you are going to pay $13 mill for the next two years and have a cap hit of $10 mill for the next 8, there are other players in the league to target that would benefit the Oilers better. And not be a distraction. .

    • Beer League Hero

      Well as I said in the article. The team does have the necessary players to protect the younger ones from any nefarious outside influences. I’m sure Ference and Hendricks along with Klinkhammer would serve the role well. Not to mention McDavid has been planning this since he was 13, I’m sure he’s had enough guidance and training to know what a good and bad situation is. Jeez, the kid was playing Pokemon cards at the NHLPA event recently with D.Strome. So I doubt his head is in the same place as Pat Kane.