Before I start my ramble, I need to be clear. The idea for this article evolved from a text exchange with fellow PPer Caleb DiNatale and not from any type of official source.
Although Patrick Kane is considering a number of Eastern Conference teams as a possible destination, there’s absolutely no indication our Penguins are on his list.
However, Caleb said something that stuck with me. Namely, that adding Kane feels like a Kyle Dubas move.
Would such a move make sense for our Pens?
First, a review of Kane the player. In many ways Chicago’s version of Sidney Crosby, at least in terms of stature, the former No. 1 overall pick has amassed 451 goals and 1237 points over 16 NHL seasons. The three-time Cup winner made a clean sweep of the major awards in 2015-16, garnering the Hart and Art Ross Trophies and the Lester B. Pearson (Ted Lindsay) Award. He also took home the Conn Smythe while leading the Blackhawks to the Cup in 2013.
As recently as ’21-22, speedy right wing tallied 92 points (26+66) for the ‘Hawks.