Rumor: Patrick Kane to the Red Wings?!?!
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Rumor: Patrick Kane to the Red Wings?!?!




It's been pretty much radio silence from NHL superstar Patrick Kane this offseason. 

The longtime Chicago Blackhawks forward who ended last season with the New York Rangers underwent hip resurfacing surgery in June and is slated to return to action January, 2024 but he could return sooner given how well his recovery has gone.

“It’s just exciting to see progression and just feeling better on the ice,” Kane said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Kind of getting back to my old self, so it’s pretty exciting.”

“I think we’re at the point now where, I mean, could I come back early? Yeah, probably,” Kane said. “But does it make sense? You know, it might be better to take the full time and just make sure I’m at 105-110% instead of just 90-95. But it’s a lot better than I was last year.”

As for where he'll be playing and what jersey he'll be wearing next season though, well that remains to be seen. Kane is still an unrestricted free agent and swears that he doesn't have any back room, handshake deal with any teams. He maintains that he's remaining patient and will take the offer that makes the most sense once he's back to full health.

“If someone wanted to come and give an offer that I was excited about, and a situation that I’m excited about, it’s not like I wouldn’t be listening just because of the situation I’m in,” he did say however.

John Dietz of the Chicago based Daily Herald though, reports that Kane is set to join his good friend Alex DeBrincat with the Detroit Red Wings.

From Dietz:

Honestly... I'm not sure if I buy it. Sure, the Red Wings could use some help on the wing but Kane doesn't really fit with what they're try to do right now. Or does he? Frankly, GM Steve Yzerman's moves have me a little bit perplexed. He has loaded up on veteran depth talent this offseason, which leads me to believe that he's pushing HARD for a playoff spot in 2023-24. The Red Wings do have some cap space, but just over $5 million which certainly won't be enough to get Kane under contract, even at a discount.

Kane was productive for both the Blackhawks and Rangers last season, despite playing with a painful hip injury. He ended his season with 12 points in 19 regular season and six points in seven playoff games for the Rangers. Not bad for a guy skating with a bum hip...

It's worth noting though that only one NHL player has ever returned from this sort of hip surgery to any sort of success in the NHL. Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom took a seven months off to recover from the surgery and managed 21 points in 39 games once he returned to action. Carl Hagelin underwent the same surgery and was not able to return to action, while longtime NHL defenseman Ed Jovanovski played just 37 games after the surgery before retiring for good. Here's hoping that Kane's experience is more like Backstrom's than Hagelin's or Jovanovski's.

Source: John Dietz