Kane to Red Wings

Kane to Red Wings

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Former Blackhawks star coming off surgery

On Tuesday, sources informed ESPN that Patrick Kane has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Kane, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks for 16 years before being traded to the New York Rangers last spring, underwent hip resurfacing surgery six months ago. Over the past month, the nine-time All-Star has met with several teams, including the Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. Sources say that Kane narrowed down his options and was considering two Eastern Conference teams in the final week before making his decision.

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Patrick Kane has decided to join the Detroit Red Wings! pic.twitter.com/HjMiyCEnUX

Kane, who is 35 years old, moved to Toronto along with his family to undergo rehabilitation from his surgery that lasted for six months. His hip resurfacing operation was carried out by Dr. Edward Hsu, and Ian MacIntyre supervised Kane’s recovery. While in Toronto, Kane trained with Cody Hodgson, a former NHL player, who assisted him with battle drills and provided him with pucks.

Numerous sources reported that Kane was asked during Zoom meetings by coaches and general managers why he wanted to subject his body to the arduous rehabilitation process, particularly for a surgery with a little proof of concept in the NHL. His response was repeatedly, “Because I love the game.”

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Throughout the process, Kane demonstrated humility, according to sources, by continuously acknowledging that he needed “to earn my spot” and stating that he didn’t anticipate playing on a team’s first line or first power-play unit.

Kane is the fourth-most active player in the NHL, with 1,237 points in 1,180 games during his career. His 451 career goals rank sixth-most among active players.

Kane impressed by Coach

According to sources, Kane was ultimately impressed by Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde’s knowledge of hockey strategy and vision for the team. The move also allows Kane to reunite with one of his favorite linemates in Chicago, Alex DeBrincat.

Kane was in touch with other athletes who had undergone hip resurfacing, including Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who recently retired, and tennis star Andy Murray, throughout the rehabilitation process.

The Red Wings have been out of the playoffs for seven years, but they are starting to show signs of progress in the rebuild. Detroit is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division with an 11-6-3 record as of Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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