One of many greater names remaining on the free agent market is the three-time Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Kane.
Kane is rehabbing from having offseason hip surgical procedure and the query shall be how a lot he’ll be capable to contribute. Look, we noticed completely different gamers recuperate at a unique tempo from this surgical procedure. Nicklas Backstrom in Washington is lastly totally wholesome and he had an analogous surgical procedure.
However when Kane is one hundred pc wholesome, he’s seeking to not simply play this 12 months however a number of extra years to come back. And with him being in Toronto for his rehab and restoration, hypothesis has led to him probably becoming a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs or Buffalo Sabres as Darren Dreger defined on Friday on TSN Radio.
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Host: “Dreger this isn’t Toronto Maple Leafs associated however that is Toronto associated as a result of as you reported yesterday (Thursday), Patrick resides and getting his rehab accomplished in Toronto and is a few weeks and months away from being totally wholesome to hitch an NHL roster, however what are you able to inform us about the way forward for Patrick Kane? And does him being in Toronto join any dots?”
Dreger: Laughs. “Effectively, it does for discuss radio. And we will’t dismiss it out of hand mechanically you say okay properly are you able to see Patrick Kane being a great match for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Effectively, if William Nylander is an effective at middle, and he comes a lock there you may undoubtedly envision an improve on that proper facet.
Now, once more it will come on the expense of one of many present right-wingers. The difficulty is at all times cash. Now Patty Kane doesn’t flip 35 till November. My understanding of the amassing bargaining settlement, you need to be 35 as of June thirtieth of the following season to qualify for that one-year contract that may be bonus-driven.
Proper, so the wage shall be low. The bonuses could possibly be vital, attainable, and achievable bonuses and away you go. Effectively, that might be for a 12 months from now. Particular to Patty Kane. Once more if my understanding of the collective bargaining settlement is correct.
However Brad Treliving would nonetheless inquire and he in all probability has already had conversations with Pat Brisson, who represents Patrick Kane. However let’s go down the highway just a little however this 12 months, I feel the Buffalo Sabres are extra seemingly than the Toronto Maple Leafs. If we’re preserving geographically in tune right here.
In saying that, in the event you do broaden throughout the league if the process that Patrick Kane had is a profitable one, the hip surgical procedure, and he is kind of pain-free and his mobility is again and all of these issues, why in case you are a contending workforce or a workforce that s on the upswing, why wouldn’t you will have curiosity in Patrick Kane.
And Buffalo is a type of groups that’s deeply inquisitive about Patrick Kane. There’s historical past there with Donny Granato, with Kevyn Adams, the coach and basic supervisor and clearly, there’s historical past with Patrick Kane and his household in Buffalo going again many a few years.
So there’s not going to be a scarcity of curiosity and usually that signifies that the cash does change into an element and that may get too steep for the Toronto Maple Leafs.”