Patrick Kane linked back to Western Conference

Could “Showtime” head back to the West?



It will be one of the more intriguing storylines this offseason - where exactly will future Hall of Fame forward Patrick Kane be playing? 

As it currently stands, the Detroit Red Wings retain the best odds of having him hit the ice with them this fall. But one thing that could potentially be a deal-breaker for Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman is to give him the term that he's reportedly looking for in his next deal. While Kane sounded open to return to Detroit next season, Yzerman could be hesitant to give him anything more than a two-year pact. 

In the meantime, the recently dethroned Vegas Golden Knights could very well be losing 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Marchessault to free-agency, and aren't guaranteed to bring back Chandler Stephenson or Michael Amadio. 

Could Patrick Kane arrive in Sin City? He was linked to Vegas while he was making his decision this past fall before ultimately choosing Detroit, and could present an intriguing option for Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon. 

"The 35-year-old continued to produce last season, helping the Red Wings to a 91-point regular season. Kane unsurprisingly recorded 47 points (20 Goals, 27 Assists) in only 50 games last season with Detroit. In the case that Vegas’ front office is unable to negotiate a fair deal with Jonathan Marchessault, the 2013 Conn Smythe winner could pitch in. It’s unlikely the 4x All-Star will score 40+ goals but he could be close to a point per game player. Another beneift, term won’t be a problem with Kane.

So, clearly Kane is an option. Akin to how Phil Kessel came in for the 2022-23 campaign but with much higher expectations. Would Patrick Kane help the Golden Knights lineup next season? Certainly, but there is a safer option. Jonathan Marchessault."

Will Kane run it back with the Red Wings next season, or will he pursue a potentially more lengthy opportunity elsewhere?

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