Stop it, Chicago. Just stop it. Now.
That's the type of talk being tossed out on talk radio, TV sports shows and across the vast expanse of the Internet these days. I suppose it's no surprise it has come to this, considering the Blackhawks are suffering through a nine-game losing streak.
But parting with Kane to salvage this season is shortsighted. Anyway, to be completely realistic about the Blackhawks' situation, it might be too late to fix this team with a single, albeit bold, move. Let's forget about the state of the team as a whole right now, however.
Kane—along with team captain Jonathan Toews—is the future of this team.
It might seem like he's been around for years, but Kane is only in his fifth NHL season. He's 23 and—hopefully—hasn't even reached his prime as a player. He's racked up 70 points in each of his first four seasons and has a good chance to do so again. It sure would look foolish to ship Kane off and watch him flourish elsewhere for 15 seasons, wouldn't it?
The name Greg Maddux should be bouncing around your head right about now. After seven seasons on the North Side, the Cubs let the Cy Young Award winner become a free agent after the 1992 season. He went on to play 16 more seasons, win three more Cy Young Awards and a World Series with the Braves in 1995.
He became the poster boy for every bad roster move the Cubs have made since then and will make for the rest of eternity.
The Blackhawks don't want that to happen with Kane. (On a related note, the Bulls aren't trading three or four of their best players for Dwight Howard, but that's a column for a different day.)
Kane has the potential to be a superstar for years to come. Sure, he's in a bit of a slump this season, but he's still 14th in the NHL with 33 assists, which leads the team, and 39th in the league with 45 total points.
It makes no sense to give up on Kane now.
Besides, who else is going to grow a mullet for the playoffs?