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Hockey Central fires up the Patrick Kane-for-Ryan Miller rumor

Feb 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

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Hockey Central — an NHL analysis show featuring ex-NHLer Nick Kypreos and former GM/coach Doug MacLean — was at its rumor-filled best this afternoon on Toronto’s FAN 590, discussing the current plight of the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the midst of an eight-game losing streak and sitting 27th in the NHL in goals allowed per game (3.00), the ‘Hawks have tumbled to sixth in the West, just three points up on eighth-place Phoenix.

The question: Could these defensive/goaltending struggles be enough for Chicago to consider dangling Patrick Kane?

Here’s what show host Darren Millard tweeted:



Here’s the transcript of what Kypreos had to say:

I look at Chicago and I see Pat Kane with 12 goals, and I’m sitting there going, “Something’s not right, something’s not right.” Fifty-six games, he’s playing 20 minutes a game and he’s got 12 goals. I don’t know if they think that maybe just getting a goalie — whether it’s [Evgeni] Nabokov, or you go to the extreme and you get Ryan Miller out of Buffalo — but it just can’t be about goaltending here.

You wonder whether maybe, between [Jonathan] Toews, [Marian] Hossa, [Patrick] Sharp, that you wouldn’t dangle a Patrick Kane? Maybe it’s time?

I tell you what — you can fix a lot if you decide to move him.

Should also be noted that Kane’s a Buffalo native and was a huge Sabres fan growing up — Miller, meanwhile, was a former teammate of Duncan Keith‘s at Michigan State. Despite the inherent risk of reading too much into these purely coincidental relationships, OMG, KANE IS GETTING TRADED FOR MILLER.

  1. bigtganks - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks if this is straight up, Buffalo wins HUGE getting Kane.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      That was my first thought. Straight up this deal makes zero sense for the Hawks. Buffalo might have to throw in someone like Stafford, Roy, or Hecht to make this work.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        I should’ve added Chicago would then have to throw in a goalie and/or a pick.

      • yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        12 goal Patrick Kane….that 12 is a funny number, because it’s exactly the amount of hits Kane has been credited for finishing his checks, and 12 is also the # of shots Kane has blocked all season.

        Sharp and Hossa have 45 hits each, yet you guys think Buffalo is the one that needs to give up more?
        LOL For what?

        A 1 dimensional, small player who isn’t scoring and has maturity issues?

    • yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Kane is a defensive liability, useless without the puck, couldn’t imagine how bad him and Roy would be together. Buffalo loses HUGE getting an over rated Kane for a great goalie like Miller.

      • yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        And Kane, true to form in on pace for equal his 17 hits and 17 blocked shots from last year.
        Sharp can finish 76 hits block 26
        Toews can rack up 74 and 28
        Hossa can get 48 and 23

        Scarier still the Sedin twins each finish more body checks than Pat Kane.

        So massively over-rated I smh at these comments

      • digger220or221 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        I suppose the Lightning should trade St. Louis because he doesn’t hit anyone all year either? It’s idiots like you that make watching hockey fun and reading these blogs even more entertaining- almost like going to Nashville and observing trailer trash rednecks pretend they understand what’s going on when the players are actually skating on the ice and not their favorite mascot. You must be from Nashville, yes?

    • realnostalgia - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Miller at 31
      Kane at 23

      Buffalo wins just on that argument.

      It is inevitable that Kane will end up in buffalo and some point in his career but no way will it happen now.

      • realnostalgia - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        To add as a chicago fan I hope this does NOT happen.

      • yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        Goalies can play till they are 37 no problem. Ill take 6 years of solid goaltending under contract over one trick pony Kane who will be looking to get over paid in a few seasons.

      • realnostalgia - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        people forget so fast what Kane has accomplished in the past 4 years.

        2010-11 – 73 points tied 15th
        2009-10 – 88 points tied 9th
        2008-09 – 70 points tied 39th
        2008-07 – 72 points tied 28th *rookie season* (Calder Trophy)

        303 points in his first 4 seasons. That ranks up there in the top 60 of all time. You want to argue upside?

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      why ??? why trade for Kane… I dunno, maybe this

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        oops… meant to reply under (yettyskills)

      • yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        Wow one goal scored 2 years ago. Yes that makes up for his refusal/inability to play both ends of the ice. I mean if you’re not scoring you had better contribute in other areas, Kane does not, like I said he is useless without the puck.

        Your logic is, Kane scores Cup winning goal therefore trade for him so you can win cups too?


    • imleftcoast - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Bowman is too smart for this. Crawford was outstanding in the playoffs, and why give up on him to take another project in Miller? Chicago needs some shakeup, but I’d fire Quenneville. I thought he cost them the playoffs last year.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Buffalo cabdrivers might not be very enthused about this possibility.

  3. tilllman40 - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Wow amazing article

  4. missthemexpos - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Might be time for Buffalo taxi cab drivers to brush up on their self defense.

  5. drewsylvania - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Let’s have the most pointless trade of the year: Miller for Luongo.

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I called that trade yestetday but with a bucket of hot Buffalo wings included!

    Pat Kane would be mad going to a bad team even if its his own hometown.

    Miller would make Chicago a contender!

  7. buffalomafia - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Kane should start hitting the weight room!

    • patrickkane88 - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      go suck a cock u dont know what ur talking about

  8. Vintage Hockey Barn - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Reblogged this on .

  9. mikebel11 - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Since, apparently, no one here has ever listened to Hockey Central on Sportsnet or the Fan, I’d like to let you all know that you can stop discussing this like it’s something that even has the slightest chance of happening. Kypreos is a former punching bag who took one (or a few hundred) too many hits to the head and has nothing intelligent to say. Doug Maclean is a moron who claimed a few weeks ago that he knows 100% that Parros is getting traded to Vancouver. Millard is a terrible host who seems to enjoy egging on the other two idiots to make up more crap. They spend 75% of the show discussing non-hockey related material and arguing about personal problems and then respond to emails asking them to talk about hockey by telling the emailer that if they don’t like what they talk about then don’t listen to the show. In conclusion, the show is terrible and everyone on it is a know nothing idiot.

  10. patrickkane88 - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    u people dont know anythign about patrick kane. He is one of the top ranked forward in the league with the most asissts . just because he hasnt been scoring goal latley doesnt mean he sucks, nobody is perfect. the people hating on him get a life cause i bet u couldnt even do the stuff he does for the team. he won be traded for a stupid goalie because he important for are team. Every team has its up and downs and just because we lost 8 games doesnt mean we have to trade patrick kane or anybody becuase we need a better goalie. STOP HATING ON PATRICK KANE AND GET A LIFE U PEOPLE R IDIOTS.

  11. apucker - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    kane may not be scoring goals, and he definitely needs to. BUT, anybody that has watched him for the past three years should notice that he is playing the most complete game he has ever played. Additionally the Hawks problem isn’t goaltending it is defensive play, or lack thereof. The goaltending may have been inconsistent, but it has not been the main problem. I myself was displeased with kane, last year especially, with his seeming lack of effort. He has addressed that and played with much more intensity this season.

  12. kevinsampsonblo - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I think it’s a fair trade. Miller is a top 10 goalie but this season has been a disaster in Buffalo. There’s been a lot of blame thrown at him this season and I don’t think he’ll be able to regain his former greatness if he stays in Buffalo.

    The Hawks will get a Vezina trophy winner and The Sabres gets a hometown kid that can pass and score as well as anyone. Pat Kane is from Buffalo and knows the fans would love to get a young charismatic forward who could bring some much needed offense to the lineup.

    Like when Darcy traded for Chris Drury and built around him, Kane could help attract free agents in the offseason if Buffalo is able to get rid of some dead weight (Boyes, Hetch, Roy, Stafford).

    No doubt Miller would be great in Chicago. A fresh start with some really talented players in front of him would bring out the best in him.

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