While we're still awaiting the decision on future Hall of Fame forward Patrick Kane on where he'll be playing this season, one team that we know that has been officially eliminated from contention is the same team that he was dealt to at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, the New York Rangers.
The good news for the Rangers is that they've not missed him at all, as they are cruising so far with an impressive 11-2-1 record through 14 games played. However, the reason for Kane's not returning to New York has now been released.
According to Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff, it's because the Rangers simply don't have the salary cap space to afford him.
"The latest on Kane is that the interview process is ongoing. He is talking to teams, we just talked about the New York Rangers. Surprising to hear a couple days ago from Larry Brooks and the New York Post that the Rangers are out. Part of that is an actual salary cap mechanism issue.
Kane wants to sign soon, like in the next eight days, hopefully by the end of next week so we can stop answering this question. But he wants to sign soon and the way the Rangers are structured right now with those guys, especially Adam Fox being out, they don’t actually have any extra cap space, even $1 million, to be able to get something like that done."
Kane has been linked a handful of teams, including both the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. It's anticipated that a decision will be coming from Kane sooner rather than later.