Unrestricted free agent Patrick Kane is still recovering from hip surgery on June 1 and is not expected to sign with a National Hockey League (NHL) team any time soon.
TSN insider Darren Dreger said on “Insider Trading” on Tuesday that the former New York Rangers forward won’t talk to league teams about a new contract until mid- to late October.
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According to Dreger, his agent Pat Brisson continues to receive calls from several interested teams. As journalist Chris Johnston pointed out in the same paragraph, signing the 34-year-old athlete won’t be easy.
“A lot of rival teams, which are clubs that want to deal with Kane, are stuck with the salary cap at the start of the season […] which accounts for two-thirds of the league. So there’s not a lot of mechanisms that these formations can use to create space for themselves,” Johnston said.
The Buffalo Sabers, Patrick Kane’s hometown team, would be one of the teams that would have kept an eye on the attacker.
After surgery, the expected healing time was four to six months. Last year, Kane scored 57 points in 73 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.