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TSN poll: Coaches vote Patrick Kane as NHL's best player

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TSN poll: Coaches vote Patrick Kane as NHL's best player

Patrick Kane is more than halfway through a historic season, and has a chance to add to that in the final three months.

The 27-year-old Blackhawks star is looking to become the first American-born player to win the Hart Trophy for league MVP, the Art Ross Trophy for most points during the regular season and Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals. He currently leads the NHL at the All-Star break with 30 goals and 73 points, which is 15 more than Stars captain Jamie Benn (58) for second.

In his annual midseason poll, TSN's Bob McKenzie asked 27 of the 30 NHL coaches — who were not allowed to vote for their own players or team — to vote on multiple categories, including the league's top player. To no one's surprise, Kane was the runaway winner with 22 votes. Benn received three votes, Washington's Alex Ovechkin tallied one, and so did Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

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Artemi Panarin was also voted the league's top rookie, racking up 12 votes. Detroit's Dylan Larkin was right behind him with 10.

Duncan Keith (three votes) and Joel Quenneville (four votes) each came in at No. 3 in their respective categories of best defenseman and top coach.

As for which teams coaches believe will reach the Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals are the clear-cut front-runner to win the Eastern Conference with 22 votes while the Blackhawks emerged as the favorite to represent the Western Conference again, accumulating 15 votes compared to Los Angeles' 11. But most coaches believe Washington will come out on top, taking 16 votes compared to Chicago's nine.

Check out the full results here.

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.