I don't know what the Blackhawks could get in trade for Patrick Kane, but they have to find out.

I'm not saying they must trade their star forward just to trade him. I'm not saying they have to take a bad deal. This is not the Cubs' eating Carlos Zambrano's salary just to get rid of that nutbag.

I am saying, however, that option has to be investigated after Kane failed to score a goal in the Hawks' first-round loss to Phoenix.

Kane was dangerous in the series --- more dangerous than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp overall. But Kane was the only one of the three not to score --- combined they were outscored by Antoine Vermette --- and Kane absolutely has to score.

Kane's goal production doesn't match his hype or salary. Steven Stamkos had 60 this season and 45 and 51 in past seasons. Heck, Hawks castoff Radim Vrbata potted 35. Kane scored 30 goals. Once. And not this season.