Report: Red Wings still in on Patrick Kane

The future Hall of Famer is still very much in play to return to Detroit.



The free agency period for the National Hockey League is right around the corner, and the eyes of the Motor City are upon Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman. He's entered a critical offseason, as this fall will mark the beginning of his 6th full season on the job; his previous five have not resulted in a Stanley Cup Playoff berth. 

Among the multiple pending free agents on the roster is future Hall of Famer Patrick Kane, who made the decision to join the Red Wings in late November and proceeded to score at nearly a point per game pace in the 50 contests that he appeared in.

Based on comments made by Kane in his end-of-season availability, he left the door open to a return to the Red Wings for next season, but remained non-committal regarding his future plans. Meanwhile, Yzerman also indicated that he'd be open to an extension for Kane, and has remained in contact with agent Pat Brisson.

According to the latest report from ESPN's Emily Kaplan, there is still a very real possibility that Kane could agree to run it back with Detroit. She indicates that Kane "views Detroit as a good team going in the right direction": 

Despite being 35 years of age, Kane proved that he could still be a productive NHL player. Whether or not Yzerman is willing to give Kane the term of the deal that he's reportedly looking for remains to be seen. 

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