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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews dismiss trade rumors as the Chicago Blackhawks open training camp: 'It's just a lot of noise right now'

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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Patrick Kane called it “crushing.”

Jonathan Toews expressed “anger.”

But neither fixture of the Chicago Blackhawks said that the draft-week trades of Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach last season — or any other major changes stemming from the team’s rebuild — led them to request a trade over the summer.

“To be honest, there hasn’t been much discussion about anything, even with my agent or my parents or my family,” Kane said on the first day of training camp practice Thursday at Fifth Third Arena.

Toews, who also talked with his agent — Kane and Toews are both Pat Brisson clients — and family, added: “I don’t think anything’s gotten to that point or even close to it over the summer.”

“A lot of people are wondering and love to speculate and see what’s going to happen,” Toews, 34/ said. “I’m coming in here just fully excited to play hockey and not have any expectation, not be too concerned with what happens for me down the road this season or even beyond that.”

 

Events since November likely fueled speculation that Kane or Toews would welcome a trade.

•The Hawks got off to a franchise-worst start and fired coach Jeremy Colliton, paving the way for a rebuild.

•Several veteran players last season — including Kane, Toews and DeBrincat — expressed belief in a faster turnaround than the timeline general manager Kyle Davidson envisioned.

— The Hawks traded Brandon Hagel, the first domino to fall in the rebuild.

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