Patrick Kane Now In Talks With Teams; Insider Names 3 Possible Locations

The Patrick Kane Sweepstakes have reached the next stage. According to a report by NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic, Kane has now been reaching out to interested teams, as he gets set to return to action later this month. 

His agent Pat Brisson told LeBrun:

We’re starting to speak with teams about the opportunities, talking to coaches and GMs. It’s kind of like the interview period we used to have for July 1. That’s what we’re starting to do here.

LeBrun says they've been talking to coaches and GMs, and adds that they'll limit the number of teams in the discussions to about five or six. He says the process could take a couple of weeks.  

“No rush. We’re feeling things out,’’ the agent said. “We’re managing it as we get through it.”

LeBrun says that Kane is certainly looking at teams that have a chance to win, and mentions the Buffalo Sabres (his hometown), New York Rangers (whom he finished last season with), and the Detroit Red Wings as possible fits.  

Kane is said to be doing great in his recovery from hip resurfacing surgery back in June, and is on schedule and on target to return to the ice this month. 

"He’s looking good,” Brisson added. “He’s feeling good. He’s getting closer and closer.”

Kane, turning 35 this month, is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, with a Hart Trophy, a Conn Smythe and an Art Ross on his resume. 

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