As we get into the middle of August, a familiar name is still available this summer on the free agent market. This, of course, is Patrick Kane, and the fact that he is still available this late in the summer will raise the question about a Rangers reunion. Whether you believe the Blueshirts should try to make this work, you will never escape the rumors and the fans wanting something like this.
Kane was acquired at the deadline from the Chicago Blackhawks after he made it known publicly that he wanted to be a member of the Blueshirts organization. New York started to jump through all sorts of hoops in the salary cap rules to afford the addition of the Buffalo native, and they still had to run him through the NHL’s version of the Cayman Islands to get the deal done in Arizona. Still, the organization went through the effort of picking up the future Hall of Famer.
There is still a hole in the top six that needs addressing. Blake Wheeler coming into the organization will help soften the loss of Vladimir Tarasenko. How better to replace Patrick Kane than with Patrick Kane? While it must be said he is not the player that booked his ticket as a first-ballot Hall of Famer many years ago, he is still a serviceable offensive weapon that would help the powerplay with a full pre-season in the system.
Coming off of hip surgery, this is going to be a risky signing if they were to do it. However, if they were to sign him for a million and were able to clear some cap space by sneaking one of Zac Jones or Erik Gustafsson through waivers, they could make this work. Kane would make this team’s right winger position stronger. He’s still available, and the player wants to be a Ranger.