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Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:17 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

When the news came out that Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane needed surgery on his wrist, it didn't exactly reate the wripple across the NHL the way Tuesday's tremor did on the East Coast. There was little concern it would have any impact on Chicago's season.

But the times, they are a changin'.

While GM Stan Bowman has maintained that Kane was on schedule for a return during training camp, Kane isn't as sure himself. The former No. 1 draft pick joined The Fan 590 in Toronto and talked about his own timetable for a return (H/t to Chris Koc, Chicago Tribune).

"I went to get it checked out [Monday] and everything seems to be checking in right now," Kane said. "[It was] good news [Monday]: I should be ready for the start of the season.

"I still have a little cast on so it’s probably a little bit longer. I’m not really going to rush anything, we still have a lot of time. My goal is to be ready for the opening regular-season game. Obviously, you’d like to be back in training camp but more importantly the date is Oct. 7 for our first regular season game. That’s kind of the date I’m working for. There’s really no rush because things are going pretty well right now.

"With the wrist injury all I’ve really been able to do is kind of skate by myself," Kane said. "Not really with full equipment on, just kind of been skating with one hand out there. You still have to skate That’s kind of part of our job in the summer is to get ourselves ready anyway we can. That’s what I’m doing right now. Usually at this time of year I’d probably be skating with some of the [Buffalo] Sabres, whether it’s just playing shinny or regular four-on-four games, which are always pretty fun to kind of help you get ready for the season. That’s what I'd usually be doing but this summer has been a little bit different."

Well that's not exactly inspiring. Now granted, if he is going to miss any games, it shouldn't be much and he'll be back in plenty of time to help the Blackhawks in their quest to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Remember that Kane didn't play a completely full schedule last season either, but it didn't hamper his final numbers. He posted 27 goals and 46 assists in 73 games.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:33 am
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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:08 am
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

Let's talk about this in a month from now.  Kane will be ready for drop.  Even if he were farther along the Blackhawks wouldn't be running him hard  til the season due to the simple fact he's coming off surgery.  That's accross the board in any sport.  You can still skate with a cast on so his legs will be ready guys.



Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:51 am
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

I wonder when it come out that Kane punched someone in a bar fight, instead of fixing a injury from last year. I say by about sept 15 the real story leaks out. just a theory but we shall see



Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:49 am
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

I wonder when it come out that Kane punched someone in a bar fight, instead of fixing a injury from last year. I say by about sept 15 the real story leaks out. just a theory but we shall see.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:33 am
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

There's been an update on Kane.  He saw his doctor this week and he is on track to participate in camp well before the 1st game of the year.   He may miss a few days of camp but he'll be at 100% in time to get some shifts before the regular season.



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

Hafdolla, you're not the idiot we thought you were-  you're worse.   What the hell are you talking about?  Kaner had 73 points in 73 games last year.  To dumb it down for you, that's called a point per game and something only about a dozen players who played more than 60 games last year accomplished.  He's also very young (22 years old) and if he keeps this pace or gets better as most hockey players do as they mature with the game, and finishes his career around a point per game, that would put him in the top 50 in PPG in the HISTORY of the NHL.  Now a lot of factors play into a long successful career and his size (5'10" 175-180lbs) isn't huge, it's also about the same size as another Chicago great named Denis Savard so he's not too small for that to be out of the realm of possibility.  While I'm not crowning him the next Wayne Gretzky, I'm confused as to why you could call him a waste of a player at 22 with so much hockey left in him.

Stab in the dark, you recently started following hockey, barely understand icing and don't even remember the two-line pass, Tie Domi, nor Octopi being thrown on the ice in Detroit...   go back to the bleachers, you fairweather moron



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

hafdolla23, it is pretty clear you have no idea what you are talking about.  I am not sure what he was suppose to be but I didn't think he'd be a 60 goal scorer with 180pts.  Why don't you clarify what being "half the player he was SUPPOSE to be" means?  He is only 22 and he is still a top scorer on the team.  Waste of a player?  Nah.  You are dumb.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:20 am
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

How bout just shooting to become half of the player he was SUPPOSED to be?  Kaner is not "who we thought he was" and I think "wen need to let off the hook".  Waste of a player.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:07 am
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

sometimes my wrist can start to act up but I just keep doing the 12 oz curls anyway, no pain no more after enough and I don't have to pay $8 for a beer, c'mon over Kaner, I'll  even provide a ride to keep you out of a cab, it's a great day for hockey



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Blackhawks' Kane now shooting for season opener

Not sure how much of that stuff about his training and recovery time he was supposed to say out loud.   Hopefully he can get some shifts in before the season starts.   By all accounts, he's bulked up significantly from two years ago. 


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