Kane's shootout move drawing rave reviews

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Kane's shootout move drawing rave reviews

Patrick Kanes moves keep drawing attention.

Earlier this season, the Blackhawks forwards spin-o-rama pass on a Marian Hossa goal was highlight-reel material. And on Wednesday night he added another clip to the on-ice resume.

Kanes slow-motion and we mean really slow-motion shootout goal has been a replay staple since he did it to end the Blackhawks 4-3 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The irony is the shot wasnt even the game-winner that was Jonathan Toews. But Kanes, in which he did 14 stick handles before shooting, is the one garnering the talk and second and third looks.

I tried it a few times in practice. We were in a good position to win so I thought Id try it (on Wednesday), Kane said. Its always nice to change it up, try some new moves. You see guys slow down and go real slow before; I probably took it to another level there with slow.

Even coach Joel Quenneville was impressed.

I said, Sick when I saw it. It was an amazing play, he said. We talk about going with speed and then making a move and he did just the opposite. So theres a certain trickery that skill players have, and that patience that he showed was pretty remarkable.

Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers said he saw Kanes shootout move once before; former San Jose Sharks teammate Dan Boyle did it last season. And it worked for Boyle, too.

It really confuses the goalie because you can stick handle and they have to go down at some point, he said. Its pretty to watch.

Viktor Stalberg agreed.

That was pretty crazy, said Stalberg. It was definitely a special move and in that situation he was in, too, it was great to see. All the boys loved that, for sure.

Just add it to the guys highlight reel.

I think thats a unique ability of top scorers or players to have a little bit of an idea of what theyre going to do and, depending on what they see quickly, do what theyve got to do, Quenneville said. Thats what makes him special.

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Less than 14 hours after being taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Trevor van Riemsdyk is already on the move.

The Golden Knights have traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will reunite with former Blackhawks teammates Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen. Carolina also receives a 2018 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2017 second-rounder.

Vegas general manager George McPhee made it known that he was going to draft "a lot" of defensemen Wednesday night, and he did just that with van Riemsdyk being one of 13 blue liners selected. Because of that, it makes players like van Riemsdyk expendable, giving McPhee the opportunity to collect assets by trading some of them and using the returns on other parts of the roster.

Van Riemsdyk joins an up-and-coming Hurricanes team that has a young, promising defensive corps featuring 25-year-old future All-Star Justin Faulk, 20-year-old Noah Hanifin, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2015, and 23-year-old Jaccob Slavin, who has emerged into of their best defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk has one year left on a deal that carries a $825,000 cap hit, and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

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