BREAKING: Patrick Kane Reportedly Begins Talks With These 2 Shocking Teams
BY SKY NOVEMBER 17, 2023 (4:36 PM)
The 35-year-old star forward has initiated discussions with various teams, with the Toronto Maple Leafs already on the list. The Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, and Florida Panthers are also in contention as possible landing spots. Although initial plans included meetings with eight teams, sources suggest that Kane's camp aims to streamline the list by the weekend, with a final decision anticipated early next week.
Amidst the deliberations, speculation is growing that the Sabres and the Panthers have emerged as front-runners. Buffalo holds a distinct advantage with substantial cap space exceeding $6 million, presenting the opportunity for a potentially lucrative multi-year contract.
While the allure of playing in his hometown could heavily influence Kane's decision, his primary goal remains securing a fourth championship ring with a competitive team before concluding his hockey career.
The Panthers, identified by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman as particularly aggressive in their pursuit of Kane, align with his timeline for contending for a Stanley Cup. Having witnessed Florida's successful championship run last year, Kane has maintained communication with both the Sabres and the Panthers since the summer months.
The Red Wings also enter the conversation, driven by Kane's desire to reunite with star forward Alex DeBrincat. However, Detroit's candidacy hinges on whether Kane perceives them as genuine contenders. Similar considerations apply to the Maple Leafs, although reports of a meeting in Toronto earlier this week were refuted by reliable sources.
Additional reports suggest that the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and Tampa Bay Lightning could join the bidding process. Contrarily, the New York Rangers have officially withdrawn from the sweepstakes, as confirmed by Larry Brooks of the New York Post, eliminating Kane's former club from consideration.
As the list undergoes pruning in the coming days, the imminent revelation of Kane's next team looms on the horizon, promising a resolution to the ongoing speculation.
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