Kane: I'll cherish home games 'a little more' with deadline looming
Patrick Kane isn't quite ready to end his time with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he's planning on soaking in every remaining moment at the United Center before the March 3 deadline, just in case.
"You’ll probably cherish these five games a little more before the deadline just not knowing what’s going to happen," Kane said before Tuesday's contest, according to The Athletic's Scott Powers.
"It’s always exciting playing at home, always love playing at the United Center in front of the crowd here. Yeah, kind of wish you had a little bit more time here this month, but it is what it is, and cherish all these games."
Kane has been linked to trade discussions all season as he plays out the final year of his contract with the rebuilding Blackhawks. He has a full no-movement clause, so whether he departs is up to him. That said, he's yet to decide - but the deadline is around the corner.
"It’s tough to decide if we’re getting to that point yet, so I think there’s definitely opportunities out there that are intriguing and could be exciting," Kane said recently. "We'll see."
Kane is amid the least productive season of his career, with 35 points in 46 games. Still, he's expected to garner plenty of interest from contenders due to his impeccable playoff resume. In 136 career postseason games, Kane's registered 132 points, including 11 game-winning goals, along with three Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who has a matching contract with Kane, is also rumored to be on the move but hasn't decided on his future yet, either.