The Detroit Red Wings have signed veteran forward Patrick Kane to a one-year contract, per an ESPN report by Emily Kaplan. After the 2022–2023 season, Kane had hip resurfacing surgery, and he has been recovering ever since.
In recent weeks, Patrick Kane had meetings with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, and Toronto Bruins. Before making his selection on Tuesday, Kaplan claims that Kane had narrowed down his list of options to just two Eastern Conference teams.
Upon his return to the NHL following hip surgery, the four-time All-Star is picking the championship-winning team over other suitors.
The Associated Press was informed on Tuesday by an individual with knowledge of the decision that Kane has accepted a prorated $2.75 million contract. Since Patrick Kane hasn’t yet finalized the contract, which will cost him slightly over $2 million in actual dollars, the person spoke under condition of anonymity.
Since early June, the 35-year-old Patrick Kane has been recuperating from hip resurfacing surgery. After a taxing rehabilitation, coach Derek Lalonde’s “X’s and O’s hockey acumen and vision for Detroit” won Kane over, and he ultimately decided on the Red Wings, according to Kaplan.
According to Chris Johnston of The Athletic, Kane chose the Red Wings over teams that expressed interest, including the Rangers, Panthers, Sabres, and Maple Leafs.
Patrick Kane reportedly narrowed down his choices to two Eastern Conference teams in the final week of his decision-making process. There are no bonuses included in his contract with the Red Wings, according to sources.
In order to recover from the surgery, Patrick Kane moved his family to Toronto six months ago. Kane’s hip resurfacing was done by Dr. Edward Hsu, and Ian MacIntyre managed his rehabilitation. When Kane skated with previous NHL player Cody Hodgson in Toronto, Hodgson fed him pucks and assisted with battle drills.
Before the Chicago Blackhawks traded him to the New York Rangers before the trade deadline of the previous season, Kane played his first 16 seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The veteran winger only managed 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in nineteen regular-season games, which may not have been as productive as the team had hoped when they acquired him. In the meantime, Kane played 17:22 minutes of ice time in the team’s opening-round playoff series in opposition to the New Jersey Devils, recording a goal and five assists.
The procedure, which tennis player Andy Murray underwent as well, entails removing cartilage, trimming, capping, and dislocating the upper end of the thighbone before placing it back in its proper position. It was estimated that Kane would need four to six months to recover and get rehabbed.
Patrick Kane Has Impressive Stats
It has a history. Following his No. 1 overall selection in the 2007 NHL draft, Kane has amassed 1,237 points in 1,180 games to become the highest-scoring American player since entering the league in 2007–08. During that time, he was ranked third, behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Two seasons prior, he scored 92 points.
Along with three Stanley Cup victories, Kane was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2013, he was named the MVP of the playoffs, and in 2015–16, he took home the Hart Trophy.
It is hoped that Kane can get back to the All-Star level of play he had before a persistent hip injury started to interfere with his performance. As recently as the 2021–22 season, he scored 92 points in 78 games, and his 1,237 career points rank second among players who were born in the United States.