Ed. Note: A good thought experiment here to promote to the front page.
"...there have been rumors that maybe one of the bigger names in Chicago could be on the move..."
A good chunk of the article concentrates on Patrick Kane and the various bumps in his 2011/12 year including the off ice antics that earned him a stern talking to as well as the drop in playoff performance over his last two post seasons.
Some legitimate concerns that temper expectation, but he is still very much a first line wing.
Should Buffalo be looking to Pat Kane as a piece of the puzzle to solve our goal scoring woes? No doubt the kid is as skilled a forward as there is, but I haven't seen much of him beyond his shootout wizardry. At 5"11' 181lb he isn't exactly imposing physically, he's only 2 inches and 24lb larger than Ennis. Do we want another smallish forward on a team very publicly attempting to get tougher. He's a local so theres every chance he could be interested in playing closer to home in the event of any movement clauses or what-have-you should an offer get made.
Then theres the obvious question, what does it take for Chicago to hand him over?
The Blackhawks have a big question mark over their goaltender situation. Buffalo, conveniently, has an amazing tandem in Miller and Enroth. Can we afford to lose Enroth if it brings in Kane's 60 odd points? (assuming the noted decline in Kane's scoring doesn't continue). Is Enroth good enough to be trade bait to a team with Goalie concerns?. Corey Crawford was amazing in 10/11 but his 11/12 season was described as 'wildly inconsistent' in the above article.
This is all assuming Kane is even on the table, the article merely cites "one of the bigger names", and could potentially be anyone at the pointy end of their roster. I seriously doubt Toews would be on the table. and Hossa is fresh back from a pretty serious injury so I dare say his trade value will be down until he can prove his recovery is as complete as it claims to be. Personally I like Pat Sharp, He'd be a good addition. He's on the right side of 35 with solid point production. But, again, the question becomes, what's it going to cost to bring him in.