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NHL star free agent Patrick Kane out 4-6 months after undergoing hip surgery



NHL star winger Patrick Kane underwent hip resurfacing surgery on Thursday that will require four to six months of recovery before being allowed back on the ice.

Kane noted this past Stanley Cup Playoffs with the New York Rangers was tough as he dealt with a lingering injury that we now know was his hip. 

Kane, at times, looked like a shell of his offense-creating self and wasn’t the X-factor the Rangers hoped he’d be when they traded for him with the Chicago Blackhawks before the NHL trade deadline.

Adam Fox #23, Artemi Panarin #10, Chris Kreider #20 and Patrick Kane #88 of the New York Rangers celebrate a third-period powerplay goal by Kreider against the New Jersey Devils during Game 1 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 18, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Now, Kane is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NHL career after spending his first 16 seasons with the Blackhawks, earning four All-Star nods and winning three Stanley Cups in the process, before being traded this past February.


Kane, 34, could now see his free-agent pursuit affected after needing this surgery. However, as The Athletic points out, Kane believes he can get back to his old self if he’s not busy worrying about how his body is holding up.


“I still know that I can be a top player if my focus is solely on hockey instead of how I feel that day,” Kane said last month.

There’s no doubt that Kane, who has 1,237 career points with 451 goals and 786 assists, will have teams interested. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his career is over, and teams could use the Buffalo, N.Y., native’s savvy when the puck is on his stick in the offensive zone.

Patrick Kane looks to pass

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period at United Center on February 21, 2023, in Chicago. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Rangers may want him to run it back with them, however, how much they shell out for someone like Kane who might not be available to start the season would likely be low.

In fact, Kane’s price tag may be lower than his accolades say because of the injury history.

Nonetheless, Kane’s surgery is fixing an issue that didn’t allow him to play his best when it mattered most in the playoffs (the Rangers were bounced in the first round to the rival New Jersey Devils).

Patrick Kane close-up

Patrick Kane of the New York Rangers warms up prior to Game 5 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 27, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Rich Graessle/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHL free agency officially starts July 1.

Source: Fox News


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