Insider Shares Information Regarding Patrick Kane And His Decision Not to Play in The Western Conference

Published November 25, 2023 at 9:04

Recovery and Return to the Ice

Patrick Kane, after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery, has dedicated the past six months to recovery and rehabilitation.

He has been actively skating in Oakville, Ontario, and is now poised to sign a new contract, indicating his readiness to return to NHL action.

Narrowing Down Team Options

Kane, in consultation with his agent, has been evaluating his options and has reportedly met with several teams. His discussions have included the Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, among others.

Notably, most of these teams are from the Eastern Conference, a choice that NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman suggests is intentional.

Travel Concerns Post-Injury

Kane's hesitation about playing for a Western Conference team is tied to concerns about the extensive travel and its impact on his recovery from hip surgery.

This concern is seen as reasonable, especially considering John Klingberg's similar issues with a hip injury being aggravated by long flights.

Kane's Performance and Future Prospects

Despite his injury, Kane managed to score 21 goals and 36 assists in 72 games last season, playing for both the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.

His potential to contribute significantly is evident, but there are concerns, as seen in the case of Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, who experienced a decline after a similar surgery.


Optimism for Kane's Return

As Kane nears his decision, there is hope that he will be able to return to the high level of play he is known for, overcoming the challenges posed by his injury and surgery.

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