Patrick Kane Facing Long Recovery After Surgery

It's a tough blow heading into unrestricted free agency, but decorated 16-year NHL veteran Patrick Kane has just undergone hip surgery that will take "roughly" four to six months of recovery time. 

With that timeline, and the needed ramp-up to game-readiness, it's likely that the 34-year-old could be out until Christmas. His agent, Pat Brisson, said that Kane still "wants to play for a long time," while adding that doctors are optimistic that this surgery can help him do that. 

Kane, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks, just completed his 8-year, $84M deal, having been dealt at the trade deadline to the New York Rangers. 

His return to the Blueshirts had been in doubt, as he would have to take a contract well under his market value to re-sign with the cap-challenged team. 

Kane registered 57 points in 73 games this past season, on 21 goals and 36 assists. In addition to the three Cups, his world-class resume over 16 seasons also includes a Calder Trophy, a Conn Smythe, a Hart and an Art Ross Trophy.