Patrick Kane, as you’ve heard by now,is joining the Detroit Red Wings. After becoming an NHL legend with the Chicago Blackhawks and a short cup of coffee with the New York Rangers, he is moved on to the third team of his career.
Detroit is a very good team and they are looking to end a playoff drought that started when their 25-year playoff streak ended with them missing the 2016-17 postseason. With Kane joining studs like Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, and Moritz Seider amongst others, it is certainly possible.
Kane’s deal is only a one-year deal so it is unclear what his team will be in 2024-25. He may have to go through the free agent process again but he won’t be recovering from hip replacement surgery this time around.
The funny thing is that he is already talking about a potential return to the Chicago Blackhawks down the line. He hasn’t even made his Red Wings debut and he is already talking about going back to Chicago. He loved being a Blackhawks legend.
Patrick Kane coming back to the Chicago Blackhawks would be truly awesome
Patrick Kane said that he said going back to the Hawks later in his career could happen. It is in the back of his mind according to him. Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times had these quotes in his most recent story.
If Kane came back to Chicago, that would be a great thing for the team. There is no reason for Chicago to not want him.
Other franchises have let the old guard pass on the torch to the new guard and things go smoothly. That is especially true if the old guard has the status in the league that Patrick Kane does.
You haven’t seen the Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, or Washington Capitals amongst others push their legends out the door for a reason. Kane wanted to stay and they kind of forced him out. Hopefully, they can redeem themselves on that.
Seeing Connor Bedard play with Kane one day would be a treat. It would help him on and off the ice as he’d be getting a guy in the locker room that has done it all in the league. Bedard, being the hockey fan that he is, knows all about how great Kane was with this franchise.
The Hawks might also be ready to compete for a playoff spot by the time this potential reunion with Kane came about so it could be beneficial in multiple ways. You know Chicago fans would love to see it.