NHL Rumour Report: Early Patrick Kane trade rumblings

Teams are lining up to acquire the star winger, but is he ready to leave Chicago?

- As the Chicago Blackhawks embark on what should be a lengthy rebuild, rumours continue to swirl around Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

- Toews has made no secret of his desire to play for a winning team. And by the sounds of it, there's going to be a lot of interest if and when he's put on the trade block this summer.

- Patrick Kane's situation is a bit more cloudy. Considered an excellent mentor for young players by the organization, there's a belief that GM Kyle Davidson would like to keep Kane around.

- And early reports suggest Kane might be okay with staying put. Kane would be a logical replacement captain for Jonathan Toews if he is indeed moved.
- But pulling Kane in the other direction is a desire to win again. And for the Blackhawks, the pile of assets that to could be acquired in a Kane trade could help jumpstart the rebuild. Kane could be wrapping up his storied career by the time the Blackhawks are competitive again.

- Among the teams believed to be highly interested in Kane are the Rangers and Avalanche, both of whom expressed interest at the trade deadline. Expectations are that those trade dialogues will continue into the offseason. 
- Still at the top of his game, few players will be more highly sought after than Kane this offseason. That is, if he can get his mind around leaving the organization that he helped lead to three Stanley Cups since the team took him first overall in 2007. It feels like Kane is still more likely than not to get traded, but there appears to be a bit more trepidation about the idea when compared to Toews. The Patrick Kane rumour mill is just getting warmed up ahead of what should be a busy offseason in Chicago.
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