On Tuesday afternoon, Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, with their mutual agent Pat Brisson, will meet with the Blackhawks’ front office in January to talk about their future(s) with the organization.
During my regular Monday appearance on TSN690 in Montreal, I noted that both players, along with their agent Pat Brisson, will have a discussion with management once the calendar flips to 2023. That is likely to occur at some point in January, though a final decision may not come until later in the season. My guess would be after the All-Star break, which would give the Blackhawks a little over four weeks to work the lines before the March 3 trade deadline.
Pagnotta then goes on to list a number of teams who have been interested in the two future Hall of Famers. He lists the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs as having expressed interest in Kane, while the Avs and Bruins have who have inquired about the Blackhawks’ captain.
As a reminder, both players are UFAs after this season. There is a possibility that one/both stays with the Blackhawks through the season and then considers their long-term future in the NHL. And neither player has ruled out re-signing with the Blackhawks yet.