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Report: At Least 5 Teams Have Called Blackhawks To Express Interest In Patrick Kane Trade

(CBS) At least five teams have called the Blackhawks to express their desire to be a potential trade partner for star winger Patrick Kane, the Sun-Times has reported, in the wake of a rape investigation surrounding his actions in in the early morning hours of Aug. 2 in Hamburg, N.Y.

Kane hasn't been charged in the case as officials with the Hamburg police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office continue to investigate. It's also not yet known if the image-conscious Blackhawks are seriously entertaining the idea of trading Kane, but it doesn't appear they'll lack suitors if they choose to go that route.

The Blackhawks open training camp Sept. 18 and will be faced with a big decision of what to do with Kane on that date if the investigation is still ongoing then. They have remained almost completely silent as the investigation is being conducted.

Kane has met with investigators in the presence of his lawyer, the Buffalo News has reported.

The eight-year, $84-million extension that Kane, 26, signed in summer 2014 kicks in for the upcoming 2015-'16 season. He had 27 goals and 37 assists in the 2014-'15 regular season and a team-high 23 points in the postseason as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

A woman has accused Kane of raping her in the early morning hours of Aug. 2 after she and a friend returned to his house in Hamburg after they met at Skybar in Buffalo earlier in the night. The two accompanied Kane to his house in a vehicle driven by Buffalo Police Lt. Thomas English, according to the News. English has long served as Kane's driver. He was off-duty at the time.

The woman went to the hospital and had a rape kit administered after the alleged sexual assault.

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