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Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:53 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 6:54 pm
Kane is a three-time All-Star at age 23. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Chicago Blackhawks are in one serious tailspin. They have lost nine games in a row. Heck, coach Joel Quenneville and the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery just got a vote of confidence. That's never a good sign. If a GM has to do that, then you know things aren't going well.

It has people thinking that the Blackhawks need to go out at the trade deadline and find some help for their defense or possibly even the goaltending.

Former Blackhawks star and current NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick is in the group that sees a serious need to upgrade the goaltending. Seriously upgrade the goaltending, as in somebody that would be worth trading Patrick Kane. Seriously.

Check out what J.R. had to say to ESPN Chicago.

"Everybody knows I am a huge Patrick Kane fan, but when you're talking something of this nature, is Patrick Kane dealable? As much as I don't want to say it, they can afford to get rid of Patrick Kane," Roenick said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "They can afford to -- with the season he's having -- maybe with his off-ice reputation, maybe with the skill they have on their team -- it's doable.

"Do I like it? No, because I love Patrick Kane. He is one of the most talented and one of the best players in the NHL. But if you really want a top-end goaltender you're going to have to give up somebody."

OK, playing along for a minute here, let's pretend that the Blackhawks do consider trading Kane for goaltending. We'll just have some fun here. Who could they get? First team that jumps to mind for me is Vancouver and Cory Schneider, but I just can't see those two teams making a swap like that with their animosity.

In the East the Bruins have two goalies but with Tim Thomas' age, you wouldn't think they'd be keen on getting rid of Tuukka Rask.

What about a favorite trading partner of Chicago lately, the Florida Panthers? They have who many call the best goaltending prospect in the league in Jacob Markstrom and some stellar young defensemen in the organization. Of course Panthers GM Dale Tallon knows Kane well and he is certainly young enough to fit into Tallon's long-term visions.

Even still, from Florida's perspective, I don't know if even Kane would be enough to part with Markstrom.

But that's all suspending our disbelief. It was fun for a few paragraphs but back in reality there's no way the Blackhawks are trading Kane for goaltending right now.

This slump right now in Chicago is bad, but it's not THAT bad.

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Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:11 pm

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

hockeybob, I would agree that an expensive goalie is not on the menu as the Hawks are currently constructed.  

But if they have lost confidence in Crawford, are they really going to wait until the off season when other contenders will be in the mix? On a dollar-basis, Miller and Kane are a swap of salary.  Adding Roy is a downgrade offensively but likely contributes more on defence.  He does replace Kane in top 6.  And his $4M cap hit is covered next year if you don't resign Brunette for $2M.  Presumably one or more of Kruger, Smith, Saad or Morin could contribute in 2012-2013 as top 9 players to supplement a solid core of Toews, Hossa, Sharp, Roy, Bollard, Stalberg and Frolik. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:24 am

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

Who the hell cares what Jeremy Roenick thinks CBS! This is another worthless article printed on here. I can't believe I just wasted a few minutes of my life reading this article then commenting on it. Morons!

Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:47 am

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

I agree with JR. Only problem is Kane has a no trade clause, however, convincing him to move it means only one team... Buffalo! I say hawks trade him to sabers for Ryan miller and Derek Roy. From a cap standing, it works. Sabers are out of it and looking to get younger, Kane and enroth makes that happen. Lastly, Kane is from buffalo. Perfect deal for all parties.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:06 pm

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

Hawks wouldn't trade Kane for Miller.   Team isn't built to have an expensive goalie.

Roy would be of interest to chicago, but he won't fetch a top 6 in return from Bowman this year or next.

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:49 pm

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

Roneick may be an idiot but he certainly manages to get his name in the news.

On the trade front, with Hawks interested in Derek Roy perhaps a Kane & Emery deal for Miller & Roy (possible draft picks to tweak) would work.  Sabres would have Enroth and a veteran back up in Emery in net, and add a local boy to a solid top 6 (Kane with Vanek, Pominville, Stafford, Leino, Ennis).  Hawks improve in goal and at 31 Miller has some years of quality play left.  Impact of losing Kane does not kill their top 6 for this year (Toews, Hossa, Sharp, Roy, Brunette, Stalberg with Bolland, Frolik and youngster like Kruger able to step up) as much as the potential benefit on the back end.

Salary-wise, it would fit for this year, and Sabres shave off about 3.25M to spend next year.  Hawks lose some flexibility but they would have a chip in Crawford to play and likely have Brunette, Carcillo as well as O'Donnell, Morrison that would free up some space.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:05 pm

Roenick OK if Blackhawks trade Kane for goalie

Roenick is an idiot.    I really mean that.    It's too bad they pay him to talk in public.   Roenick was never very good at noticing what other people besides himself may be doing, at least he's never been able to articulate it well. 

There is no solid basis to suggest trading Kane for a goalie would fix the Blackhawks anyway.

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