Times-Call (Longmont)

Rangers clear hurdles, get Kane from Blackhawks


At long last, the Chicago Blackhawks officially sent star winger Patrick Kane to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

In return, the Rangers are sending two draft picks to Chicago -a 2023 second-round pick, which carries conditions to improve to a first-round selection, as well as a 2025 fourth-round pick. The 2023 second-round pick will become a first-rounder if the Rangers make the Eastern Conference finals. However, that first-round pick would be in 2024 or 2025.

At 5 p.m. ET, New York finally accrued the appropriat­e amount of cap space to fit in Kane’s contract. Chicago will retain 50% of Kane’s $10.5 million contract, and the Arizona Coyotes signed on to take on 50% of that, meaning Kane will count for only $2.625 million against the Rangers’ cap.

Arizona will get a 2025 thirdround pick from the Rangers for facilitati­ng the deal.

“I’m so thankful for everything the city, the Blackhawks organizati­on, my teammates and the fans have done for me and my family over the last 16 years -- the support was constant from day one and Chicago will forever be home for us,” Kane said in a statement released by the Blackhawks. “This has been an emotional time for me and my family, but I feel this decision puts me in the best spot to immediatel­y win another Stanley Cup. after a first down is awarded, except in the last two minutes of either half; eliminatin­g the option for teams to call consecutiv­e team timeouts; and carrying over any fouls to the next period instead of finishing with an untimed down.

Steve Shaw, NCAA football secretary rules-editor and officials coordinato­r, told ESPN on Tuesday that the combined changes are estimated to shorten average length of games by seven to eight minutes and eight plays.

According to Shaw, college football games have averaged 180 plays per game over the past three regular seasons and typically last three hours, 21 minutes. pick in 2017, to a three-year deal worth $21 million and up $24 million with incentives. But the Bucs enter the 2023 offseason a projected $55 million over the salary cap -$35 million of it coming from retired quarterbac­k Tom Brady.

Fournette told the Times that Brady’s retirement was a factor in his decision.

“Winning is everything,” Fournette told the newspaper. “That’s all. And in my last three years here, that’s all we’ve done. But since my guy [Brady] left, that’s why I came, so my time here was up.”

Fournette has $2 million in guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

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