Patrick Kane is Healthy Again and Ready for 'Exciting' Contract Offers

Patrick Kane wants everyone to know he's healthy and feeling like himself these days. The biggest name left on the free-agent market confirmed to the Associate Press this week, he's been on the ice about 20 times already and is ahead of schedule with his recovery.

Kane underwent hip resurfacing surgery on June 1 and has made tremendous strides to get himself ready for this season. The initial time line was four-to-six months and it appears Kane's tracking the short end:

It’s just exciting to see progression and just feeling better on the ice. Kind of getting back to my old self, so it’s pretty exciting. I think we’re at the point now where, I mean, could I come back early? Yeah, probably. But does it make sense? You know, it might be better to take the full time and just make sure I’m at 105-110% instead of just 90-95. But it’s a lot better than I was last year. If someone wanted to come and give an offer that I was excited about, and a situation that I’m excited about, it’s not like I wouldn’t be listening just because of the situation I’m in.

Kane wasn't himself last season and it showed. His numbers dipped, only recording 57 points in 73 combined games between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. At this point, the Rangers are a likely destination once Kane does sign up for next season.

Other teams to watch out for include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. 

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