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NHL Exec: ‘Patrick Kane And The Bruins Make A Lot Of Sense’

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Should the Boston Bruins look into acquiring Chicago Blackhawks and future hall of fame winger Patrick Kane on the NHL trade market at some point this season?

The NHL trade chatter has been picking up as of late as teams deal with injuries and as American Thanksgiving, less than a week away now, approaches. That’s usually the date when the cream has risen to the top and it’s more evident who are the Stanley Cup playoffs contenders. So as teams start to figure out where they stand and what they have to work with, NHL general managers start to work the phones to either add or unload players. It also doesn’t hurt that 32 NHL general managers are fresh out of the first GM meetings of the season at the Hockey Hall of Fame festivities last weekend in Toronto.

According to one NHL executive- not an NHL GM himself – one name that was coming up in NHL trade chatter there, and that he’s heard recently while out on scouting assignments, was Patrick Kane.

“The sharks aren’t necessarily circling yet, but his name has been coming up more lately and I can imagine it will a lot more as we go forward here,” the NHL Exec told Boston Hockey Now Friday evening. “Like I said, it’s basically scuttlebutt still but if I’m a legit Stanley Cup contender, I’m greasing the skids ASAP. I think he definitely gets moved and the price is only getting higher from here for a guy like him.”

The Boston Bruins will host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night in what will likely be Kane’s last game at TD Garden in a Blackhawks uniform. The 34-year-old three-time Stanley Cup Champion, 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner and 2016 Hart Trophy winner is in the final season of an eight-year, $84 million ($10.5M AAV), contract. So what about the best team in the NHL, the Bruins? Do they make sense as a front-runner in the eventual NHL trade sweepstakes for Kane?

“Patrick Kane and the Bruins make a lot of sense,” the NHL Exec told BHN. “The Bruins were all in already but with this start, I’d say they’re full speed ahead and will do whatever it takes to get Patrice Bergeron one more Stanley Cup. They have cap issues now so they can’t really go hard after Kane or anyone, but they need to be laying down the foundation for acquiring a player like that.”

The Bruins got star defenseman Charlie McAvoy (shoulder) and veteran star winger Brad Marchand (hip) back early and they are seemingly making history every game these days. While their sooner-than-expected returns only made things better, they also began to put the heat on Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to make some cap-related trades. To this point, Sweeney has, and understandably so been focused on creating cap space via the NHL trade market. Per our friends at PuckPedia, the Bruins currently have $1.6 million in salary cap space. Derek Forbort ($3M AAV), is on long-term injured reserve and week-to-week after finger surgery but given how fast winger Marchand and McAvoy came back from offseason surgeries, that could change soon and then the Bruins would be over the cap again.

As reported here, Sweeney has been trying to find takers for defenseman Mike Reilly ($3M AAV) – currently playing in the AHL with the Providence Bruins – and winger Craig Smith ($3.1M AAV), on the NHL trade market but has had no luck so far. If and when he could clear more salary cap space, and as the calendar turns to 2023 he likely will become a buyer on the NHL trade market, rather than a seller.

Could Sweeney wind up making sure Saturday night doesn’t become Kane’s last game on the same TD Garden ice that he hoisted the 2013 Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy?

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

Much as I’d love to see Kane in Boston how in the World could they get him? They’ve got zero prospects and no #1 pucks till the year 2301.

Mike

You got Rick. This “view” of Jimmy’s ignores the fact that Boston has zero draft stock for 2023. So while a bostonian might understandably like the idea of adding kane (what contender wouldn’t) its going to take a package that includes high draft picks in 2023 for chi to even begin to consider

BB4Evr

Agreed. If I were the Hawks I’d be looking for a prospect and a #1 pick, because you can likely get that for Kane from other teams. The Bruins need both prospects and #1 picks to build around Pastrnak, Debrusk, McAvoy, Lindholm and Ullmark. Can’t see it happening but Sweeney’s made some other questionable moves.

Bobcollum

Kane would absolutely put Boston over the top. He’s not at a point per game pace this year so far but he has been every year prior, he’s still got much to give. It’s what the B’s would have to give up that would trouble me. Certainly Lysell would be part of the ask from Chicago, and who knows what else. It would be 100% worth it if it brings the cup at the end of the season.

Bob

This is a team about Character. Being responsible to each other ie: Miller story. You guys want a drunken punk that beats up an old (taxi driver) man because of tip money. He doesn’t work in this situation. Like I said 2 years ago get Zacha he’s a poor man’s Bergeron. He can develop into a Bergeron. Sign Pasta, I love how Bruins fans think they are the best judges of talent in the World. Rick shut the fuck up. 75 playoff qualifiers in 97 years. And you still bitch. As opposed to the Rangers who’ve had 61 in 95… Read more »

Bc

Bruins should trade Reilly and Smith to the black hawks with lysell for Kane. Both Smith and Reilly are still great players. They would still need more cap space but it’s a start

Chuck Rose

Bad idea. He’s got a 10.5 million cap hit. It would hurt the team more to lose the players who would have to be moved in order to keep the B’s under the cap. Not worth it for one right wing.

Ujn Hunter

This would be assuming Kane would want to go to the Bruins… and after that GM disaster not that long ago, I highly doubt Kane would want to go to another “iffy” organization… go from a Blackhawks media fiasco to a Bruins media fiasco? I don’t know…

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