According to ESPN, former Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is not expected to sign with a team until the start of the 2023-24 season. His agent, Pat Bryson, told Greg Wiczynski that he was “very comfortable” playing the waiting game when it came to Kane’s future.
“There’s no rush,” Bryson said. “It’s something I feel very comfortable with. I’m very calm. You can offer me a one-year deal or a two-year deal now for about $7 million. I don’t even know if I want to enjoy it, because that’s not what he needs.” time, how he feels, and where he is, and then we’ll take matters into our own hands. »
Kane, 34, is a suspended unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. He had hip resurfacing surgery on June 1 and was initially placed on a four- to six-month schedule, although it appeared he was already far behind schedule.
It’s a unique path Kane can take with free will, but it’s an approach he’s no stranger to. At the trade deadline, Kane wanted to hold out as long as possible to see which increasingly better team had the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup. In the end, he decided to opt for the New York Rangers.
Kane’s main goal now is to feel at 100%. Once he does, he will pick the three-time Stanley Cup champion and former Hart Trophy winner the Blackhawks instead.
“There will be a lot of teams that do well and a lot of teams that do poorly,” Bryson said. “There will be teams used [long-term injured reserve]. We will choose where we want to go. I don’t think many teams would turn him down. »
Don’t be surprised if Kane’s next contract is heavy with a lower base salary to make the finances work in a tough world.
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