BREAKING: NHL Insider Reveals Patrick Kane's Return to The NHL
BY SKY SEPTEMBER 27, 2023 (12:12)
Recovery from Surgery
Kane has been diligently rehabbing from hip resurfacing surgery performed on June 1st. The initial recovery timetable estimated 4-6 months, making a late October return align with the original projection.
Chris Johnston, another TSN Insider, highlights the complexity of Kane's contract situation. Most potential suitors for Kane are grappling with tight salary cap situations, limiting their flexibility to accommodate his next contract. Moreover, Kane is not eligible for a 35+ contract, and signing bonuses could introduce further complications for interested teams.
Frontrunners Remain Unclear
The frontrunner for Kane's services remains shrouded in mystery. While rumors have linked him to the Buffalo Sabres, who possess ample cap space and share Kane's hometown, no concrete developments have emerged.
Kane's signing mid-season may limit his contract options, with a one-year deal appearing probable. However, past instances have shown teams can get creative with the salary cap, leaving room for surprises.
Despite a productive season last year, with 21 goals and 36 assists in 73 games, Kane's performance after surgery remains uncertain. Players with similar procedures have often faced challenges in returning to peak form. Nicklas Backstrom, who underwent a similar process, returned last season but saw a dip in his numbers, highlighting the potential hurdles Kane may encounter.
As the days tick away towards late October, the NHL world will be eagerly watching for developments in Patrick Kane's free agency journey, with questions about his future and his playing condition yet to be answered.
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