Patrick Kane out “roughly 4-6 months” after hip surgery

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      Patrick Kane could miss the beginning of the 2023-2024 NHL season after he had his hip resurfaced on Thursday.

      The 35-year-old future Hall-of-Famer is optimistic that the surgery will not negatively affect his career longevity. 

      Kane is an unrestricted free agent this summer. A Game 7 defeat to the New Jersey Devils on April 27 ended his first season with the New York Rangers.

      The Rangers’ acquisition of Kane in February ended the Buffalonian’s 15-year association with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he won a Hart Trophy with three Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe Trophy.

      In 2022-2023, Kane had his first season with less than a point per game since 2017-2018. A midseason surge for Chicago, where he collected 12 goals and 23 points in 23 games from December 23 to February 22, rehabbed his trade value enough to attract the Rangers as a suitor.

      In 19 regular season games with New York, Kane scored 5 goals and 12 points to go along with 6 points in the Rangers’ playoff loss to New Jersey.

      Kane, one of the greatest American hockey players of all time, will be sought after for his playmaking ability despite his age and injury. His playoff experience and power play expertise will always make him an asset.

      Still, his lacking defense and fresh durability concerns could seriously affect the term teams will be willing to offer him.

      A return to Chicago to rebuild his stock is not out of the question if Kane cannot catch on with a contending team for a price his camp likes. 

      Should Kane, who has 779 career assists, decide to return to the Windy City, he could help jumpstart the career of the Blackhawks’ next potential superstar, Connor Bedard.

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