After their first-round loss to the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers now have plenty of questions leading up to the 2023 NHL Offseason. One specific pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) from the Rangers who fans around the league will be focusing on is future Hall of Famer Patrick Kane. The Rangers have limited cap space heading into the summer and players like K’Andre Miller and Alexis Lafreniere are due for their new contracts. Thus, Kane’s return to Broadway is not guaranteed.

Following his trade to New York, Kane was okay, as he had 12 points in 19 regular-season games. He then followed that up with one goal and five assists in seven playoff games. Overall, the 34-year-old was a decent rental for the Rangers, but he also did not make as major of an impact as expected. If the Rangers let him walk because of it, look for these three teams to be potential free-agent destinations for him.


Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights have never been afraid of adding a major name to their roster, so would it shock anybody if they pursued Kane this offseason? They were one of the many teams who were interested in Kane leading up to the deadline, so it does not seem too out of the question. This is especially so when noting that they have multiple pending UFAs like Ivan Barbashev, Teddy Blueger, and Phil Kessel who they could lose this summer.

If the Golden Knights added Kane, he would be an immediate fit in their top six. When looking for a specific placement in their lineup, he could work wonderfully on a line with star center Jack Eichel and winger Jonathan Marchessault. With that, the future Hall of Famer would of course be a notable addition to their power play if signed. It is also likely that he would be open to playing there, as the Golden Knights are legitimate contenders and should be for multiple years.