Patrick Kane reveals feelings on Blackhawks rebuild

He's making his thoughts known.



The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, having entered a full on rebuild mode. It's certainly another period of darkness for the franchise, and that's on top of the shame that they'll carry forever at having done nothing to protect former player Kyle Beach from being sexually assaulted by ex-video coach Brad Aldrich during their 2010 championship run,. 

Two of the principal players from their championship runs are Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, both of whom are playing on expiring contracts. The hockey world waits with anticipation on whether one or both of them will be moved at this season's trade deadline. 

For Toews, he's already publicly moped about he and team management not having been on the same page after they made the decision to part ways with several notable names this past offseason, including the likes of Alex DeBrincat, Kirby Dach and Dominik Kubalik, all of whom have found success with their new respective clubs in the Eastern Conference. But how does Kane feel? 

“Yeah, I don’t really know,” Kane said about the team rebuilding. “You can think of the game the way you think it, but I feel like it’s always beneficial to put your best team on the ice and try to win, right? Obviously, we traded away or didn’t sign some pieces that maybe could have helped us this year. And that’s the way it is, and that’s the way it goes, and so we’re in the situation we’re in.”

“I guess if you’re a fan, or if you’re someone from the outside looking in, you can maybe see the advantages of having prospects and draft picks and high picks, and being able to build that way,” Kane said with a shrug. “But a lot has to go right, you know? You have to have good, young core players and you have to have prospects that are coming up, and you also have to hit on those draft picks, too. We were in a good situation back in the day, where this team had a lot of pieces with (Brent) Seabrook and (Duncan) Keith and (Patrick) Sharp. You draft a couple guys at the top of the draft and then you find some free agents and you’re there. But it doesn’t happen overnight.”

Source: The Athletic