The Chicago Blackhawks haven't asked forward Patrick Kane whether he would be open to waiving his no-movement clause to facilitate a trade, according to ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers. Kane's eight-year, $84 million contract, which begins this year, includes a complete no-movement clause that gives him significant leverage over where he plays.
The Hawks cannot trade, loan or waive Kane without his permission, further complicating the situation should the franchise decide to move on from one of its franchise players. Kane is currently under investigation for allegations of rape in New York, although no charges have been made.
"At least five teams" reportedly contacted the Blackhawks about Kane's availability after news of the investigation emerged. There's no indication the team is seriously considering a move at this point, however. Asking Kane to waive his no-movement clause would be one of the first steps in moving toward a deal, so for now it appears Chicago is in a holding pattern as authorities decide whether to charge Kane with a crime.
The Blackhawks have just a couple weeks before training camp opens Sept. 17 at the University of Notre Dame. The team presumably would prefer a resolution to the matter by then, but it's impossible to know when the DA's office might make a decision. It's also hard to know how the team and the league might handle this matter if it drags out into the season. That's all made a trade seem possible, but it would still require Kane's approval in order to happen. For now, he apparently hasn't been asked to do that yet.