Maple Leafs talking to Patrick Kane.
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Maple Leafs talking to Patrick Kane.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman confirms that the Maple Leafs are in the mix on Patrick Kane.

Jonathan Larivee

The Toronto Maple Leafs are officially in the mix when it comes to unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Kane.

On Saturday night, National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman reported that the Maple Leafs were either on the verge of holding talks with the former Chicago Blackhawks superstar, or that those talks had already taken place at some point this week.

"With all the noise this week and all the craziness around Patrick Kane... I do believe a conversation with him has either happened or is on the radar," revealed Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada.

It doesn't sound like we should expect to hear much more than that anytime soon according to the NHL insider.

"They are not commenting, they are radio silent about this," added Friedman.

Friedman went out of his way to stress that he was not indicating Kane is on his way to Toronto, but merely that the Maple Leafs have held, or will hold, talks with Kane prior to him making his decision.

"I don't expect Patrick Kane to be a Maple Leaf," clarified Friedman. "I just think that they wanted to talk with him... I think he will sort it out over the next few days."

A potential deal with Patrick Kane isn't impossible but Friedman believes the Maple Leafs will more likely look to make improvements on the blue line rather than at forward. The concerning sounding injury to Maple Leafs defenseman John Klingberg no doubt only increases the likelihood of that.