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Kane focused on the present, not the future, with the Blackhawks

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Chicago — Patrick Kane Despite being ‘crushed’ by frequent linemate trades, he said he would not consider leaving the Chicago Blackhawks. Alex Devlincat.

“Honestly, I haven’t discussed anything with my agent or my parents or even my family,” the 33-year-old said Thursday for the first time since the end of last season.

“I mean, I think we all know the situation, what could happen. Start here and prove some people wrong.

“I know a lot of people are expecting what this team can do, but I think there are also a lot of motivated players and a motivated coaching staff. It starts with training here.” Camping, speeding up, everyone feeling good. ”

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Kane and Captain Jonathan Towes Each had eight years left on their contracts signed on July 9, 2014, and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The season, they finished seventh in the Central Division and have failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs in four of their last five seasons.

Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said Wednesday there was no discussion of trading Kane and Touse.

“We weren’t going to make a move like that, and they weren’t going to go anywhere either, so we were just focusing on each other’s seasons.” but I’m sure it’s not there now.”

The Blackhawks traded two top forwards in the offseason.

DeBrincat was traded to the Ottawa Senators on July 7th with No. 7 (Kevin Kochinski) and No. 39 (Paul Ludwinski) in the 2022 NHL Draft and was selected in the 3rd round of the 2024 NHL Draft. rice field. that same day, kirby duck In 2022, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for the 13th pick (Frank Nazar) and the 66th pick (Gavin Hayes).

Last season, Kane and Devlin Catt were typically on the same line. Devlin Cat scored his 41 goals, tying his NHL career-high in 2018-19. Kane led the Blackhawks with 92 points (26 goals, 66 assists).

“It’s a shame. I was devastated at first when I heard the news because not only did I feel there was great chemistry on the ice, but he’s my best friend and closest teammate on the ice. “Because I was one of them,” Kane said. of Devlin Cat. “Yeah, it was tough, but I think he’s going to be a better player than he is now.”

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Tooze said he was “shocked and a little angry” at the loss of Devlin Cat and Duck, but is focused on this season in Chicago.

“I’ve been talking to my family and agents, and personally, it’s always been about moving forward and getting better. Like I said many times last year, it’s like breaking records. But I’ve been working on a lot, trying to get healthy, feel good, and play at the pace and ability I know I can.” miss.

“A lot of people wonder and love to speculate and see what happens. I’m just totally excited to play hockey and have no expectations. Now I’m not too worried about what happens next season…or even beyond.”

Kane said he wants to make the most of training camp and preseason to get ready for the regular season, which starts Oct. 12 in Chicago. ; TNT). He said he feels better now after dealing with a “nagging” undisclosed injury since the Blackhawks’ playoff appearance in 2020.

“I did everything I could this summer to get a good position. “Last year I felt like it took me a little longer to get through camp, but once I calmed down a bit and got used to the daily skating and the intensity of it, it was fine.”