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Patrick Kane signs 1-year, $2.75 million contract with Red Wings

35-year-old forward attempting comeback from hip surgery June 1



Patrick Kane signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.


The forward, who turned 35 on Nov. 19, has been recovering from hip resurfacing surgery June 1. He was shown skating and working out in a video released Sept. 27 by Creative Arts Agency, the firm that represents him. The video showed him going through full-speed skating, puck-handling and shooting drills on the ice in Toronto and working in the gym on power moves to showcase his mobility, strength and balance.


Recovery period for hip resurfacing surgery is typically 4-6 months. Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had the same procedure on his left hip June 17, 2022. He returned Jan. 8 of last season, about 6 1/2 months removed from surgery, but announced Nov. 1 that he was taking time away from hockey because of "my ongoing injury situation."


"There's still some hurdles to go," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said Tuesday, prior to the contract being announced. "Even if it does happen, I think there's going to be some time here, a level of patience certainly from us as a coaching staff going forward."


Kane's eight-year contract he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 9, 2014, expired after last season, one he finished with the New York Rangers after he was acquired in a three-team trade that also involved the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 28. He had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 19 games with New York and 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games with Chicago.


Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat played with Kane in Chicago from 2017-22.


"I think he's been working hard," DeBrincat said. "I think if any guy can come back from that surgery, it's him. I think he's kind of a hockey nerd and thinks hockey 24/7. I'm sure on his off time he's worried about getting better and how he's going to do that on his own. It's good to see him close to a return, and I think he's been missing the game quite a bit."


Kane is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015). He was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as most valuable player of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and won the 2015-16 Hart Trophy as NHL MVP, when he led the League with 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) to also win the Art Ross Trophy. He was also voted winner of the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player by members of the NHL Players' Association that season and won the Calder Trophy in 2007-08 as rookie of the year when he led first-year players with 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists).


Kane is second in Blackhawks history with 1,225 points (446 goals, 779 assists) behind Stan Mikita (1,467). His 1,237 NHL points (451 goals, 786 assists) are second among United States-born players behind Mike Modano (1,374). He was voted one the 100 Greatest NHL Players at the League's centennial celebration in 2017.


The Red Wings (11-6-3) have won three straight and are third in the Atlantic Division. They next play at the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TNT, MAX).


"I think he's obviously a guy that the other team's worried about it and is focused on," DeBrincat said. "He can draw a couple guys in and move that puck, and I think it's something that I kind of had to learn to play with. I think he's not a guy who's maybe going to make the first play he sees. He's going to hold onto it and then usually something better opens, and then he's moving it. His hockey IQ is just off the charts. It was fun to play with him."


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Not to pooh-pooh this signing, but I think that people should temper expectations. It's worth the risk for the Wings, and I hope he does well, but it's tough to see him doing really well after this. He just turned 35, and had hip resurfacing surgery. Here's what the other guys who have had this operation produced after:


Nicklas Backstrom - 47 gp, 22 pts, out indefinitely again and likely retired.

Ed Jovanovski - 37 gp, 5 pts

Ryan Kesler - 0 gp

Carl Hagelin - 0 gp


Would love to be wrong.


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Patrick Kane is 49 goals shy of 500. He can get it done in two or three seasons. Then he can retire. He will be the 50th member of the NHL 500 goals club, (Malkin 48th, Pavelski 49th). Then we should be getting a Special Collector's Edition of The Hockey News Magazine on NHL's 50 members of the 500 goals club.

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Much of this is dependent on how much resurfacing was done. I was told after my hip it would be 10 years or more before total replacement if I behaved myself. 5 years is all it lasted. 
If kane had a slight problem and doesn’t get crumpled up too much he may get a few years. Hard to tell but worth the gamble. 

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Mutually beneficial signing. Yzerman is doing what he can to make this a playoff team, but he is WAY more focused on rebuilding a contender long-term. This deal doesn’t hurt the latter and at best, it makes the playoffs more likely. At worst, they are out $2M, and it doesn’t really affect Yzerman’s ability to acquire veteran talent at the deadline if that’s the move he feels he needs to make. Still plenty of cap space to work with if needed.


TBH, at the beginning of the season, I wanted 1 more young player up on the big club, and the thought of possibly adding Kane seemed to me to slow/harm the development of our young prospects. But the short-term nature of this deal makes me more comfortable with the gamble.


Kane’s hockey brain still works. It will be an asset. The question is will his body be able to cash the checks his mind writes. It is a heavy and legitimate question. The vids he released showing his conditioning and skating didn’t look bad. But there is skating and then there is playing games in the NHL. Those are two different things. And there’s only one way to find out if he can do it.


I hope he can.


BUT, as I have said so many times before, history has a tendency to repeat itself. History has a tendency to repeat itself. The question is: Will this be an exception?

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Kane hopes to debut with Red Wings in 7-10 days

Coach says Detroit will be 'cautious and patient' with forward off hip surgery



NEW YORK -- Patrick Kane is hoping to play his first game with the Detroit Red Wings in 7-10 days.


Kane signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Red Wings on Tuesday and was on the ice with his new team at Madison Square Garden for their morning skate in advance of a 3-2 loss at the New York Rangers on Wednesday.


The three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks was an unrestricted free agent who prior to signing was rehabbing away from the NHL from right hip resurfacing surgery that he had June 1.


"With the way I feel, I feel like I could play tonight, but probably getting back into it, skating with the team a little bit, getting acclimated with the whole new situation and everything, and go from there," Kane said after the morning skate "Hopefully it's a week, 10 days, something like that."


Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said the plan with Kane is to be "cautious and patient" to allow him to get comfortable. There's no exact time frame for when Kane will play, but Lalonde hoping that it will be sometime next week. Detroit is at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, home against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and home against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.


"I think we'll be cautious with it and get a feel on how he is with everything too, but obviously he's eager," Lalonde said.


When Kane plays, he will skate on a line with left wing Alex DeBrincat and potentially center Dylan Larkin, who will not play against the Rangers or the Blackhawks on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury.


Kane played with DeBrincat in Chicago from 2017-22. He said DeBrincat was part of the reason why he chose to sign with the Red Wings. There were other teams that wanted to sign him.


Detroit (11-7-3) is tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning for third in the Atlantic Division with 25 points in 21 games.


"I just thought the fit was good," Kane said about signing with the Red Wings. "That's not to say it wasn't good anywhere else, but I think with a young team that's been playing well as of late I can come in, build my game, not too much pressure on me right away with the success they're having this year.


"Probably the DeBrincat factor had something to do with it too, just being comfortable playing with him not only on the ice but off the ice. Excited to build that chemistry again. We had some really good moments in Chicago. It'll be fun to play with him again."


DeBrincat said he's not expecting his chemistry with Kane to return immediately, but he's confident it will in time, calling it a work in progress.


"We're always talking hockey, always watching games so it makes it easier to see each other's likes and dislikes," DeBrincat said. "That's why we meshed well."


The Red Wings were comfortable signing Kane to a one-year contract because he is coming off the hip surgery.


"I don’t want to call it a gamble, but a worthwhile chance to take here on a player that we think as a ton of upside and has worked really hard to try and come back from this and give it a shot," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We just discussed the remainder of this season."


Kane, who turned 35 on Nov. 19, said he's had between 60-65 pain free on-ice training sessions since having surgery. He's been in full-contact drills for about the past two months, starting with 1-on-1 drills with former NHL defenseman Cody Goloubef, accelerating to 3-on-3 and eventually 5-on-5.


"A lot of contact," Kane said. "I've taken hits on the hip, a lot of pushing, being up against the boards taking a hit, feeling how that hip is going to feel with it. Nothing has really shown up, so it's been pretty exciting."


Kane was without pain directly after the surgery to the point where he didn't have to be on any pain medication. 


"It's building up the muscles around the area that have had so much atrophy from just years of not really being able to use the right muscle," Kane said. "Building that back up and it's obviously exciting when you get on the ice and you see the progress. You're moving the way you want. There's not really restrictions on the right side. That's one thing I've really noticed, the ability to cross over left over right and the lateral movement in general is back for me. It's exciting."


Kane is confident he'll be able to return to being the type of player he was before his ailing right hip started to prevent him making the same impact he had made for the bulk of his career. He is second among United States-born players with 1,237 NHL points (Mike Modano, 1,374). He was voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players at the League's centennial celebration in 2017.


But Kane also knows the history of returning to previous form isn't great. 


Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had the same resurfacing surgery on his left hip June 17, 2022. He returned Jan. 8 of last season but announced Nov. 1 that he was taking time away from hockey because of "my ongoing injury situation."


Kane said he consulted Backstrom before he had the operation.


"Talking to the doctors, the one thing that got me was this could be something that I could play with for a long time, that I wouldn't have to retire from," Kane said. "That was the big thing for me." The next step is getting up to NHL speed and used to the way the Red Wings play so he can get into a game and start to prove he can still play at a high level. "I'm really optimistic about where I can go from here and how long I can play," Kane said.


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Kane latest addition in Detroit's assembly line of imported stars

Free agent forward joins a proud legacy of bold-name players to join Red Wings



Patrick Kane, also known as "Showtime," is the latest in a long line of superstars who have joined the Detroit Red Wings.


Some have had success. Others, not so much. And it remains to be seen how the 35-year-old forward will perform after having hip resurfacing surgery June 1 and signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract Tuesday.


But there is a familiar buzz in the city the Red Wings used to market as "Hockeytown," and there is more hope Detroit can end a seven-year Stanley Cup Playoff drought.


"We think we have a chance to be in the mix," general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday. "And with a healthy Patrick Kane, that gives us a better chance."


The Red Wings have acquired superstars, many of them late in their careers, under different circumstances through the years.


The history traces back to 1982, when Mike Ilitch bought the team and hired Jimmy Devellano as general manager. Then, the Red Wings needed a boost at the box office and on the ice.


They had missed the playoffs five straight seasons and 10 out of the previous 12. They had 2,100 season-ticket holders.


"It was not Hockeytown," Devellano, now senior vice president, said in 2001. "The fans had left the team. It was pretty apparent that we really now had to do something to sell tickets, had to somehow give the fans and the press something with a little more hope, something with a little more pizzazz."


Devellano was big on big names.


"I'm big on the show-business aspect of sports," he said. "I believe it's entertainment. I've always felt that way. I don't like dull. I don't like drab. I like pizzazz."

The Red Wings found a cornerstone in the 1983 NHL Draft when they used the No. 4 pick to select a guy named Yzerman. But they needed to build the roster around him. It was a long process.


While they found other key players in the draft, like Nicklas Lidstrom (third round, No. 53, 1989), Sergei Fedorov (fourth round, No. 74, 1989), Pavel Datsyuk (sixth round, No. 171, 1998) and Henrik Zetterberg(seventh round, No. 210, 1999), they got creative in trades and free agency.


In the 1980s, it was about becoming competitive. They added Brad Park (1983-85), Darryl Sittler (1984-85), Borje Salming (1989-90), Bernie Federko (1989-90) and Jimmy Carson (1989-93). They made the playoffs five times from 1984-89, advancing as far as the Campbell Conference Finals in 1987 and 1988, and started filling the seats.


In the early to mid-1990s, it was about pushing for the Stanley Cup. They had Dino Ciccarelli (1992-96), Mark Howe (1992-95), Paul Coffey (1993-96), Mike Vernon (1995-97), Slava Fetisov (1995-98), Igor Larionov (1995-2000), Brendan Shanahan (1996-2006) and Larry Murphy (1997-2001). They won the Cup in 1997, ending a 42-year championship drought, and repeated in 1998, becoming the hottest ticket in town.


In the late 1990s and 2000s, it was about trying to win the Cup again. They had Wendel Clark (1999), Bill Ranford (1999), Chris Chelios (1999-09), Pat Verbeek (1999-2001), Larionov for a second stint (2000-03), Luc Robitaille (2001-03), Brett Hull (2001-04), Dominik Hasek for three stints (2001-02, 2003-04 and 2006-07) and Curtis Joseph (2002-04). They won the Cup in 2002 and 2008.


In the late 2000s and early 2010s, it was about trying to keep their playoff streak alive, at least, and taking another shot at the Cup, if possible. They had Mike Modano (2010-11), Daniel Alfredsson 2013-14), David Legwand (2014) and Mike Green (2015-20). Their playoff streak lasted 25 seasons, through 2015-16.


Now it's a little like the 1980s again. The Red Wings are trying to avoid missing the playoffs for the eighth straight season, which would be a Detroit record. Although they still have strong fan support, they aren't selling out each game.


Kane isn't exactly chasing the Cup. He wants to keep playing, and Detroit gives him the best chance to succeed this season and earn another contract.


"I think it might have been blown out of proportion that I had to join, like, a big-time contender throughout the whole thing,' he said. "But you know, you definitely want to go to a team that's competing for a playoff spot and someone that you think you can help too. Just trying to find the right fit for me was probably the biggest thing."


The Red Wings have drafted players like Dylan Larkin (first round, No. 15, 2014), Moritz Seider (first round, No. 6, 2019) and Lucas Raymond (first round, No. 4, 2020), and they have promising prospects in their system. But they haven't selected in the top three of the NHL Draft since 1990, when they took Keith Primeau at No. 3, and haven't had the No. 1 pick since 1986, when they took Joe Murphy.


So where do you find elite talent, not just depth? Wherever you can. The Red Wings biggest offseason addition was forward Alex DeBrincat, whom they acquired from the Ottawa Senators on July 9 and signed to a four-year, $31.5 million contract (average annual value $7.875 million). Now they have added his old linemate in free agency.


No one knows if Kane will rekindle the chemistry he had with DeBrincat when they played for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2017-22. But he's a future Hockey Hall of Famer with the best set of hands anyone will have seen in a Red Wings uniform since Datsyuk, the "Magic Man," left for Russia in 2016.


Kane adds pizzazz, even if Yzerman doesn't look at it the way Devellano once did.


"Selling jerseys or tickets wasn't even a consideration," Yzerman said. "We looked at it and said, ‘If Patrick Kane can be healthy, that's the type of player we could really use in our lineup right now. It'll make us a better team.'"


We'll see what happens.


"It's notable," Yzerman said. "‘Wow, the Red Wings signed Patrick Kane.' And everybody will follow it. Ultimately, he's going to have to play well, and we're going to have win hockey games for our fan base to be pleased with it."

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Interesting that Kane avoided the temptation to play in his home town of Buffalo. Rumors had the Sabres interested in him as a PP specialist and mentor to some of the kids on the team. 

Kane must have realized the sports teams Buffalo are cursed, LOL

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I don’t think this story was quite honest about Kane’s drive for another Stanley cup. 
I MO Detroit is much closer to a playoff spot than Buffalo and who is really to say how much Buffalo really wanted him. 

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NHL Buzz: Kane out remainder of road trip for Red Wings




Detroit Red Wings


Patrick Kane will not play for the Red Wings on their current road trip because of a lower-body injury.


The forward left a 4-2 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in the first period shortly after taking a hit along the boards from Pontus Holmberg.


Kane, who signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings on Nov. 28, had hip resurfacing surgery on June 1.


"It's a lower-body injury not related to his hip," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said Tuesday. "He is not going to be available for this trip. We will get back to Detroit and have a better feel and have an update after the trip."


The Red Wings play at the Florida Panthers on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; BSFL, BSDET) and at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday before returning home to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.


Kane has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 19 games this season.


"Kane has been beyond our expectations," Lalonde said. "He is everything we hoped for and more. To be that healthy, if you will; to have that much jump in his game coming off that surgery has been pretty amazing. He has been a huge catalyst for our offense. It's disappointing we won't have him for a little bit because he is really start to take ownership of the group. He is a leader what with the success he has had in just career. Things have come along great with Patrick.''


With Kane out, Lalonde said Daniel Sprong, Robby Fabbri, and Klim Kostin would have the opportunity to slide up and play on the right side of the second line with center J.T. Compher and Alex DeBrincat.


Kostin was activated from injured reserve on Sunday and has missed the past 12 games with an upper-body injury. -- George Richards

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