Last night the Golden Knights lost a frustrating game in shootout against Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane attempted to end the game in overtime but his last-second slap shot couldn’t beat the buzzer and the game was decided in a SO.
While the goal didn’t count, Kane was highly noticeable to the thousand of fans, dozens of players, and about a handful of general managers. Most likely including the VGK’s front office.
I think Vegas is gearing up to do something. I think they’re looking at moves big and small. I think they’ve looked at the Ivan Barbashev. I think they’ve looked at the possibility of Patrick Kane. I have no doubt they’ve looked at the possibility of Timo Meier. –Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts Podcast
On Sunday the former Conn Smyth trophy winner looked like his old self again. Kane reminded the hockey world that he’s still threatening by recording a natural hat trick against Ottawa. His flash, shot, and skill were on full display as they were last night to a lesser extent against the Golden Knights. Although Kane came up empty with time expiring he still created several quality scoring chances.
I’m assuming it’s going to be soon. He deserves the leeway to make the right decision for himself, and so we’re gonna give him that space. But when we do get to a conclusion, one way or the other, it’ll be through a partnership and collaborative decision-making process. -Kyle Davidson, Blackhawks GM
Kane’s performance likely boosted his odds of being traded for and the cost it’ll take to acquire him. The Golden Knights have been rumored to be tracking #88 for weeks so I’m sure his last three games are encouraging enough to deepen trade talks with Chicago.
The question is where does Kane want to land?
I’m the one with the no-movement clause, but we’ve been having discussions with my agent everyday. If I knew I’d probably make a decision by now. -Patrick Kane, CHI forward
There’s no doubt Kane would make the Golden Knights’ offense more potent and more threatening. If he continues to perform like he has the past week, the future Hall of Famer could be the difference between an early exit or a deep playoff run. With or without peak Kane, Vegas may need more to overcome their playoff opponents. Perhaps, the Golden Knights have more in mind them just one star.