Right now the Dallas Stars are finishing signing free agents before the beginning of August as they get ready for training camp in September. Today, it was mentioned on the Cam & Strick Podcast that the Stars are in the running for Blackhawks Star Patrick Kane.
While Patrick Kane is a good player and put up 92 points last season, I’m not so sure that this would be in the Dallas Star’s best interest to trade for him right now. There are many reasons why I don’t think that the Stars will end up with Kane at the beginning of the season.
Patrick Kane Sweepstakes: 1. Dallas Stars and NMC’s
The Dallas Stars would probably have to convince Esa Lindell to waive his no-movement clause for this trade to even happen. Lindell is due to make around 6 million this season and it would benefit the Stars to move him. Usually, when a player adds the NMC to his contract, it means he doesn’t want to be moved for the duration of the contract. Getting Lindell to waive that this offseason for this trade is a long shot.
Patrick Kane Sweepstakes: 2. Logan Stankoven Field Day against Stars
I really don’t have to talk more about this than just showing this tweet that Blackout Dallas Reader Jaarzn responded with. If the Stars do end up trading Stankoven, it better be outside the Central Division.
Patrick Kane Sweepstakes: 3. Cap hit
Partick Kane has a 10.5 Million cap hit this season which would be the remainder of the remaining salary cap if we didn’t resign Jake Oettinger or Jason Robertson Even if the Blackhawks did agree to pay 50% of that, that’s still 5.2 million dollars for a guy on the final year of his contract.
Patrick Kane Sweepstakes: 4. How much of a Stanley Cup Window do the Stars have?
As of this offseason, Jamie Benn is under contract for the next three seasons and will be 36 when he’s an unrestricted free agent. Usually, most hockey players at that age start looking around for Stanley Cup Contender teams to try and win a Stanley Cup. What makes you think Benn would resign with the Stars if they haven’t made it back to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The window for the Stars to contend for the Stanley Cup right now is about 3-4 years. Are you willing to trade away the future for a couple of years with Patrick Kane on the Roster? It would probably have been smart to trade for him a couple of seasons ago for a five-year window.
Patrick Kane Sweepstakes: Conclusion
Patrick Kane is one of the top USA Born players in the league and will most likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. With the way the Stars are trying to get younger and still competing for the Stanley Cup, I don’t think the Stars would be wise to trade for him. There are too many variables and reasons right now that wouldn’t benefit the Stars down the road in the future.