Veteran forward Patrick Kane underwent hip surgery this week that will sideline him anywhere between four to six months. This was revealed by Kane’s agent Pat Brisson in a chat with reporters on Thursday.
Kane, who is a free agent, isn’t thinking about retirement, according to Brisson, and intends to continue playing “for a long time.”
The 2016’s Hart Memorial Trophy winner ended his season with the New York Rangers. He scored five goals and dished seven assists in 19 regular-season games with the Rangers while adding six more points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It is unclear what kind of impact Kane’s surgery will have on his free agency. According to Brisson, the procedure was a success, and his client is expected to be able to fully resume his NHL career. However, teams might be cautious about committing significant money to a player returning from surgery, especially one that is 34 years old.
Aside from the stint with the Rangers, Patrick Kane spent his entire NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks. He led the franchise to three Stanley Cups while being named an All-Star nine times.
Kane’s NHL career stats include 1,180 played games and 451 goals, and 786 assists for a total of 1,237 points.