In a few days, Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and his mother, Donna, will board a flight bound for Switzerland. Not long after that, he'll be playing for a team that has nothing to do with Chicago.

If anyone should be nervous about it, it's Rocky Wirtz.

Kane might be the first member of the Hawks' oft-praised core to sign overseas during the NHL's lockout, but if talks with the NHL Players' Association continue to stall, he won't be the last.

Seeing Viktor Stalberg, Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik suiting up for European teams might be tolerable, but seeing Kane and possibly Jonathan Toews do it — and risk injury — should be unsettling.

"We want to be playing here in Chicago. We want to be playing for the Blackhawks," Kane said. "Hopefully, the fans know that because that's deep down where we want to be. [The lockout is] just something that … keeps going on and on."

Kane and Toews said Wednesday that they hope that the continued European exodus of North American-born players, especially ones with Kane's status, will pressure some owners — including Wirtz —to accelerate negotiations.