On Sunday night’s pregame show on NBC Sports Chicago, Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson joined the crew to update the Blackhawks’ season and the two big names he might have on the trade market.
Davidson said he plans on meeting with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and their shared agent, Pat Brisson, in the “next couple weeks.” Davidson also mentioned that Brisson has “other clients” of note. That grabbed my attention because some of Brisson’s other clients on the Blackhawks roster include Seth Jones, Caleb Jones, Jack Johnson, Philipp Kurashev and minor league forward Cole Guttman (according to Puck Pedia). Any of those guys could get traded at any point, though Seth has a no-trade clause on his contract.
He said his goal in the conversation with Kane and Toews is to have “honest dialogue” about where he/the front office sees the organization going and get a sense of where they’re at with the current team and the direction of the franchise.
Regarding Jeff Marek’s report last night about a mid-February timeline for a decision from either of them, Davidson said they don’t have anything penciled in but “logically that makes sense.” And if he’s going to explore what’s out there, that’s when he would like to know what they would like to do moving forward.
He also reiterated that “Luke’s been awesome” when asked about his head coach. The confidence from the general manager regarding his head coach is sound and, again, Davidson’s best move as GM in my opinion is hiring Richardson.
Here’s the entire interview: