Blackhawks Trades That Might Happen, Won’t Happen, and Didn’t Happen (And Other Blackhawks Bullets)

With just 24 hours separating us from tomorrow’s NHL deadline, let’s recap the chatter from this weekend and take stock of where a few big names stand leading up to the deadline.

•   Jonathan Toews’ comments after the Brandon Hagel trade on Friday not only muddied up what his future in Chicago looks like, they also called into question the future of fellow superstar Patrick Kane. Patrick Kane said last month that it would be “an honor and a privilege” to finish his career in a Blackhawks sweater, even after Kyle Davidson declared that Chicago was embarking on a complete rebuild. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported on Saturday evening that Kane had told players since the Hagel trade that he isn’t interested in moving teams at this time.

•   Elliotte Friedman went a step further and got in touch with Patrick Kane’s agent Pat Brisson who confirmed that Patrick Kane would not be moved before the trade deadline tomorrow afternoon. Brisson also represents Jonathan Toews and Seth Jones, and Brisson confirmed that neither of them will be moved before the deadline.

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•   For now, it seems like Patrick Kane is still singing the tune that he did last month when the Davidson era started in that he wants to finish his career in Chicago. The expectation is that Kane will sign a contract extension with the Blackhawks before next summer and do so. After Saturday’s loss in Minnesota, Seth Jones, who Brisson confirmed wouldn’t be moved, backed Kyle Davidson’s vision and said he’d be here for the rebuild: “Yeah, I’m here. [Davidson] was open about it with us when he got hired as the GM here. It’s going to be a process. But I’m here for it. Hopefully, I can make that process quicker in whatever I can, on or off the ice.”

•   As for Jonathan Toews, that’s not so clear beyond this season anymore. Quite frankly, if Toews doesn’t want to be in Chicago anymore, so be it. I’ll never forget the Captain for all of the great things he did for this organization, but the rebuild is here, and it’s necessary, and if it’s not something he wants to be a part of, then it’s time the Blackhawks wish him well and part ways.

•   Shortly after the Blackhawks’ loss to the Wild in St. Paul on Saturday, it was reported by multiple people that Minnesota and Chicago were having discussions regarding a potential trade for the veteran netminder.

•   Both Elliotte Friedman and Michael Russo of The Athletic reported that the two sides were discussing a potential swap, and Russo said that he believes that Fleury would accept a trade to Minnesota due to his history with Wild GM Bill Guerin that includes a Stanley Cup Championship that the two won together as players with the Penguins in 2009.

•  We’ve also seen the market for defenseman heating up in recent days, with Calvin de Haan’s name being mentioned as a potential target for multiple teams as we inch closer to the trade deadline tomorrow afternoon.

•   Saturday’s contest with the Wild marked the end of an era of sorts with the legendary Pat Foley calling his final road game ever. Foley intends to retire at the end of this season but will only do select home games the rest of the way.

•   Alex Vlasic went from skating with Boston University last weekend to opening Saturday’s contest on the Blackhawks’ top defensive line with Seth Jones just seven days later. What a week for the rookie from Wilmette. Vlasic’s ice time was limited in his NHL debut on Saturday, but head coach Derek King said he was impressed by the small sample size.

•   Check out this sweet reception and near breakaway goals for Blackhawks’ newcomer Boris Katchouk during the third period yesterday:

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•   Katchouk logged two hits and two shots in 12:24 of ice time in his Blackhawks debut. Taylor Raddysh logged five hits in 15:03 in his Blackhawks debut, and rookie Alex Vlasic was essentially non-existent in his six minutes of action in his NHL debut.

•   Kevin Lankinen played a heckuva game on Saturday despite the loss stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in what might be his best performance of the season, and most certainly his best since returning from the wrist injury in January.

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•   Lankinen said that he saw the puck well on Saturday: “I was seeing the puck well, battling, just keeping the rebounds out of their sticks,” he said. “The ‘D’ did a good job keeping my side clean and letting me see the puck and handle the first shot. It was a good step forward again, and [there’s] a lot to build on.”

•   This would have been NICE!

•   That’s it for today! I’ll talk to you this evening, when the Blackhawks play host to the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center.

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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