BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The New York Rangers have acquired South Buffalo native Patrick Kane in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 34-year-old Kane won three Stanley Cup championships with the Blackhawks and in 2016 he became the first U.S.-born player to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP and the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion. In his 16th NHL season, Kane has 26 goals and 92 points, and his career totals of 446 goals and 1,225 points are the third-most of any American in history.
After days of rumors and salary cap maneuvering, the Rangers sent a conditional 2023 second-round pick, a 2025 fourth-rounder and minor-leaguer Andy Welinski to the rebuilding Blackhawks and received 24-year-old Cooper Zech. Arizona received a 2025 fifth-rounder from New York to retain 25% of Kane’s salary, with Chicago keeping 50%.
Kane, who has played his entire career in Chicago after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2007, waived his no-movement clause to facilitate the deal. The trade reunites the star winger with former teammate Artemi Panarin.
“This has been an emotional time for me and my family, but I feel like this decision puts me in the best spot to immediately win another Stanley Cup,” Kane wrote in a statement. “This isn’t about me leaving the Blackhawks, but this is an opportunity for me — the Blackhawks did everything they could to put me in a great position and I will be forever grateful. It is bittersweet to leave a place that is so special to me, but I will always carry the memories we made in Chicago.”
Kane could make his Rangers debut Wednesday night at Philadelphia, the same place he scored the biggest goal of his NHL career: an overtime winner in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, ending Chicago’s 49-year title drought.
The Rangers play in Buffalo on March 11.
New York was believed to be out of the running for Kane after it acquired Vladimir Tarasenko from St. Louis on Feb. 9. Kane also had been noncommittal when asked about leaving his only NHL home.
But Kane loved playing with Panarin for two seasons at the beginning of the Russian winger’s NHL career, and the three-time Stanley Cup champion was in control of his situation because of a no-movement clause in his contract.
New York got Tarasenko and depth defenseman Niko Mikkola in the trade with St. Louis. The Rangers made the deal at the time thinking the acquisition cost for Tarasenko would be less than what it would take to get Timo Meier, and they were wary about waiting for Kane to make a decision on his future.
But New York general manager Chris Drury, the former Sabres captain, only had to trade one first-round pick, a fourth-rounder and two players to St. Louis. After acquiring one first-rounder from Dallas last summer for young defenseman Nils Lundkvist, the Rangers had another to use to get Kane from Chicago.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.