Hockeytown Bound: Patrick Kane Unveils the Factors that Led Him to Red Wings


On an early Tuesday, Patrick Kane inked a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings. The Hall of Fame forward, entering the twilight of his career, asserts that he still possesses ample skill to contribute significantly to the Red Wings’ quest for playoff success. Following a hip resurfacing surgery in June, Kane received medical clearance for contact nearly two months ago. Despite the green light for contact, a collective decision was made to exercise caution and await the six-month mark for his return. While Kane participated in the morning skate with the team in New York, he anticipates making his Red Wings debut in the next week to 10 days. The earliest possible matchups include facing Buffalo or a home game against San Jose.

Patrick received his #88 upon arrival from teammate Daniel Sprong who switched to #17. When questioned about it, Kane shared that Sprong had already presented him with the number; it was there, ready and waiting. Despite the informal handover, Kane expressed the intention to compensate him later for the kind gesture.

Patrick Kane on Joining the Red Wings

Nearly two seasons ago, Kane recorded an impressive 90 points. Now, having undergone a surgery from which nearly no one has successfully returned from, he attributes his unwavering desire to play to his profound love and passion for the game. Speaking today, Patrick expressed his satisfaction with the overall direction of the Red Wings, highlighting the defensive energy against New Jersey and the overall team depth. In selecting a team, Kane considered factors aligning with his play style and where he could contribute, ultimately leading him to Detroit.

Kane eagerly anticipates aiding the Red Wings in their push toward the playoffs and, ideally, beyond. He emphasized his excitement about the prospect of working with younger players, acknowledging the mutual learning that will occur. Kane specifically looks forward to playing alongside talents like Lucas Raymond, J.T. Compher, and Mo Seider, whom he predicts will become one of the league’s premier defensemen in the years to come.

The Decision to Detroit

Kane mentioned that fellow players offered support during his rehabilitation, highlighting the role played by Alex DeBrincat in his decision to join Detroit. However, he emphasized that, ultimately, Detroit had been in his heart all along. “There’s teams that are interested and you keep going back and forth in your mind on who you want to play for.. But throughout the whole thing Detroit was there. Detroit was in the back of my mind. It was almost when i was thinking about something else it would always come back to Detroit.”

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