Since the moment we learned that Patrick Kane might be traded from the Chicago Blackhawks, he has always had a tie-in with the NY Islanders. For starters, he has a great amount of respect for Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello from his time playing for Team USA at world tournaments in which Lamoriello was always involved. Then there was mention that Kane has a great deal of lust for Mathew Barzal, a player he's mentioned as having great skill. Well, things around the Kane front and his trade status have been swirling. He's still been linked to the Islanders from multiple outlets to this point, however, it's been reported on Wednesday night that Kane no longer has an interest in joining the Islanders.
When the NY Rangers acquired Vladimir Tarasenko, Kane didn't hold back with his comments letting it be known that broadway was a desired location.
"It's not, like, the happiest I've been to hear about a trade," Kane said after learning about the Rangers opting out of acquiring him.
On Wednesday night, the Islanders were reported to be scouting the Blackhawks' bout against the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to NYIHockeyNow's Stefen Rosner, even though they've expressed interest in him, the Islanders are no longer on Kane's list of preferred destinations.
Perhaps the Islanders would have been more desirable to Kane had they been winning the way they were between the 2018-19 and 2020-21 seasons, however, plenty has changed since then and the Isles just aren't having the same kind of success they used to.
Kane's desire is to continue to compete for a championship and for the Islanders, that's far from a promise if he were to land on Long Island. Instead, Kane has been reportedly linked and interested in teams such as the Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, two teams that have a clear path to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have championship pedigree.
The Islanders aren't quite that, even with the addition of Bo Horvat. That's not to say that with Horvat in the picture, they can't be, but it's more likely the Islanders will need to take the summer to retool the roster around Horvat, Barzal, and Ilya Sorokin, and Kane appears uninterested as he's headed to unrestricted free-agency this summer.
It's unclear what the Islanders will do come March 3rd, but one thing seems certain. Kane won't be representing the blue and orange on Long Island.