Listen, consider me skeptical considering that Incarcerated Bob is the only person claiming to know, for a fact, that the Devils made a call to the Blackhawks regarding Patrick Kane. For the sake of this blog, however, let's just work under the assumption that the Devils did inquire about the availability about the three time Stanley Cup Champion and former Conn Smythe winner.
The fact of the matter is that I have very little doubt that the Devils kicked the tires on the possibility of adding Patty Kane. Hell, if they haven't already, then they certainly will now. You don't even have to believe what Ray Shero has been saying this whole offseason. Actions speak louder than words anyway. Every move they have made has shown that the Devils are looking to add young, fast, attacking goal scorers and playmakers. There isn't a player on the planet that fits that bill better than #88. Oh course Shero has, or will, find out what it takes to acquire Kane. That really shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone considering the type of player that this franchise currently lacks. The only reason that he hasn't made more moves since waiving Dainus Zubrus is that, SURPRISE SURPRISE, it's actually pretty difficult to trade for young forwards with a high offensive ceiling. If anything, the news that the Devils potentially targeted one of the brightest stars in the entire league should ease the mind of their fan base. Yes, Ray Shero knows this team is still offensively deficient. No, he's not resting on his laurels and letting himself fall into a false sense of security. He knows moves have to be made, but he has to be patient, because the only thing worse than making no moves is making the wrong moves.
Let's just get this out in the open. All of my fellow Devils fans can tuck their Patrick Kane boners into their waist band and prepare themselves a cold shower, because there is a 0% chance he is going to be a Devil. Trust me, if I thought there was an ounce of a possibility of it becoming a reality I would have impregnated my computer screen to the sweet, intoxicating sounds of a Patty Kane highlight video upon reading that tweet. There is a reason that 26 year old players, that have nearly a decade left on their contracts, and one of the most impressive resumes in the NHL rarely get moved. For one, because their teams generally want to keep them, but also because they command an absolute RANSOM on the trade market. If the Devils were to trade for Patrick Kane tomorrow their opening night roster would consist of Cory Schneider, Patrick Kane, and whatever homeless people weren't busy finding their dinner in a neighboring garbage can that night. As much as I love Patrick Kane as a player, compromising the most promising part of this team, their young studs on the blue line, doesn't make them all that much better in the short term or the long term.
Do we really believe that the Blackhawks WANT to trade Patrick Kane? They have won 3 Stanley Cups in 5 years. You don't break up the core of a team based on a rape that MAYBE happened. The only things that Kane is undoubtedly guilty of is being a rich 20-something that drinks too much and assaulting a cab driver that one time. When you are the centerpiece of a dynasty, that's not nearly enough to get you traded. Now, all that could change pending the results of this rape charge, but even if it does change, what team is going to let their entire roster get pilfered in exchange for a known rapist? I'll tell you this much, I certainly hope it's not the New Jersey Devils.
Other Devils News: It appears that the Devils are arranging to retire Brodeur's number at some point this year. They just haven't announced when yet. Well guys, fucking figure it out, because some of us have flight arrangements to make. You think you're raising the #30 to the rafters without me in attendance, wearing a poncho to avoid staining my jersey with all the man tears my body can possibly muster up, then you are beside your mind.