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Sports Blackhawks star Patrick Kane says nagging injury hasn't completely healed

05:05  24 september  2021
05:05  24 september  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has said that he has been dealing with a nagging injury for most of the season, but did not provide many details. The Chicago Blackhawks held their end-of-season exit interviews today, and one of their star forwards disclosed a major revelation. While the Blackhawks didn’ t make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Patrick Kane had a monster season once again this year. He ended the year with 66 points in 56 games played, good enough for the most points on the team.

Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane confirmed he was dealing with a nagging injury all season long and hopes to get it fixed over the summer. Kane , who likes to be on the ice as much as possible, took multiple maintenance days in the final few weeks of the season to rest his body instead of participating in practice. During the team's morning skate on April 27 following a three-day break in the schedule, Kane was the first one on the ice and appeared to be testing whatever injury was nagging at him.

Thursday marked the first day of training camp for the majority of teams across the NHL. With the first preseason tilt just two days away now, teams are getting fired up and ready to go see at what level the players in their organization are able to perform. One team whose offseason led to much fanfare was the Chicago Blackhawks, and the health status of both of their stars were hot topics of discussion.

a hockey game in the snow: Patrick Kane is still optimistic he'll be able to play. © James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports Patrick Kane is still optimistic he'll be able to play.

NBC Sports Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis reports that a nagging injury to star winger Patrick Kane, an undisclosed matter that had appeared before the start of the Edmonton bubble in 2020, hasn’t healed completely. However, neither Kane nor others in the organization are concerned about his ability to play through the matter, as Kane himself remarked Thursday that he’s “optimistic with where [he’s] going.”

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Patrick Kane spoke this offseason about a “ nagging ” injury that he has been dealing with since the Edmonton bubble in the 2020 postseason. There is a rumor/report that came from the latest episode of NHL.com’s ‘@The Rink’ Podcast calling Kane ’s injury a wrist issue, but that hasn ’ t been confirmed by Kane or the organization to be the problem. Hopefully whatever the issue is, Kane can play through it or have it no longer be a hinderance to him as he looks to move into third-place in Blackhawks history for goals (needs three more), second-place in Blackhawks history for assists (needs 36 more)

Patrick Kane , in terms of production, manufactured another fantastic season for the Blackhawks in 2021. Playing in all 56 games, he recorded 66 points, which will place him in the top seven in the NHL once every team finishes. But as the year wore on, something looked slightly off in the 32-year-old And in his exit interview Tuesday, Kane confirmed he has dealt with a previously undisclosed injury since the 2020 playoffs last August. He declined to specify the exact injury . “I’ve got one little issue that I’ve been dealing with,” Kane said . “ [I’m] trying to figure that out and hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

A great sense of mysteriousness still veils whatever the nagging issue is, as the nature of the injury has yet to be reported.

More notes from Thursday’s opening of training camps:

  • After missing the entirety of 2020-21 due to Chronic Immune Response Syndrome, it was reported earlier in the offseason that Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews was expected to return to play this year. Roumeliotis reports that after summer workouts, Toews rejoined the team Thursday for his first formal practice since 2020. It would be a huge add for the Blackhawks to get their captain back into the fold after an offseason that saw them forge a deeper team throughout. While Toews’ practice today went well, he hopes for but won’t guarantee an opening night appearance when their season opens in Colorado on Wednesday, October 13.
  • The contract negotiation saga of Brady Tkachuk has largely been an arduous, open-to-the-public process that continues to plant nervousness in Senators fans. It’s come to a head in recent days, as training camp has now begun without Ottawa’s best forward in the fold. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports that in his absence, they’ve kept the other two-thirds of his line together in Josh Norris and Drake Batherson. While it’s anybody’s guess on who could fill that role during play if Tkachuk misses the start of the season, head coach D.J. Smith used forward Nick Paul in that first-line left-wing role Thursday. Potentially a sign of things to come, it’s still anything but a guarantee.

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24 game against the Florida Panthers, Patrick Kane knew he was injured but was trying to stay positive. "I was just kind of thinking, 'Hopefully, they tell me it's not as bad as I think' and hoping for the best news possible," the Chicago Blackhawks winger said Sunday at the United Center. But it's one of those things, you've got to be patient with it. You've got to listen to the doctors and make sure you're not putting yourself in a position to reinjure it and make it even worse down the line. Do whatever you can to get it as healthy as possible and make sure the bone's healed before I completely come back."

Not long after suffering his broken left collarbone, Patrick Kane reached out to former Blackhawks teammate Brian Campbell for advice. The defenseman, now playing for the Panthers, was in a similar situation in 2010, when he broke his collarbone after being shoved into the boards by the Capitals' "(Campbell) kind of gave me his two cents on it," Kane said Wednesday. "He said … that I'm going to have to stay patient with it and the hardest thing can be waiting, especially when you feel good." In addition to showing patience, Campbell also advised Kane on how to sleep with one shoulder

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