The rebuild is happening in Chicago: Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson pulled off two large trades on the draft floor at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, shipping out Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators and former 3rd overall pick Kirby Dach to the Montreal Canadiens.
Everyone is wondering how it affects captain Jonathan Toews and star player Patrick Kane as rumours have been getting louder that they might want out of Chicago. There is a honest sense that Toews and Kane would prefer to remain Blackhawks until they retire, but maybe this reconstruction is too much for them and they will seek another championship before hanging up the skates.
Kane has been linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and his hometown Buffalo Sabres, which chatter has been quieter when it comes to Toews.
However during the opening day of training camp on Wednesday, per Ben Pope and Mark Lazerus, GM Davidson provided an update on his veteran players and all of the trade chatter, telling media that there have been no trade discussions — or contract extension discussions — on Toews and Kane.
He also added that neither player had any intention of asking to be traded. If that changes, they’ll cross that bridge when they come to it.
There was tons of rumours that some teams, including the Maple Leafs, had talked to Davidson about the possibility of Kane being on the move.
But you know how rumours can get out of hand…
This is in line with what insiders have been reporting recently saying that Kane and Toews - if they get traded - will be moved around the trade deadline.
Maybe chatter will pick up then…