The overwhelming majority of the responses I've received from last Saturday's column on keeping Patrick Kane agreed that the Blackhawks' star winger is far too valuable to trade.
As I wrote, there is a small faction of Blackhawks Nation calling for the Hawks to deal Kane, apparently unhappy with the winger's 1 goal and 5 assists in the first-round playoff loss to Vancouver.
Kane's numbers speak for themselves. At 22 years old he already has scored 103 goals and 303 points in his first four years in the league. He has 20 goals in 45 playoff games, including the one that clinched the Hawks' first Stanley Cup in 49 years in 2010.
Kane didn't have a great season in 2010-11 or a particularly good playoffs, but he wasn't the only one.
You want to trade away a legitimate star player who even in a disappointing season like the last one still was a point-a-game player with 73 points in 73 games? He ranked third behind Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews with 27 goals, and his 46 assists led the Hawks.
Kane finished with 3 fewer points than team leader Toews despite missing nine games to injuries.
Let's be realistic and focus more on those players the Hawks might actually consider trading: Niklas Hjalmarsson, Troy Brouwer, Viktor Stalberg, Jake Dowell, and Chris Campoli.
Thoughts about those five?