Patrick Kane Update: Free Agent "Spotted" Again In Atlantic Division City

The Patrick Kane rumors have ratcheted up again, according to TSN's Insider Darren Dreger. His "airport spies" have reported seeing Kane, the most notable remaining free agent, at Toronto's Pearson Airport again. Dreger notes, however, that doesn't necessarily mean that he's Toronto Maple Leafs-bound.

Patrick Kane was spotted (in Toronto) on Wednesday... He's going back to Chicago for a bit of a break. But... he's been working out in the Toronto area rehabbing. I'm told that, man, he is on schedule and looks great and feels great. 

To the point where his agent is going to start exploring (signing options) in a week to ten days. And once they get through that, they'll follow with interviews and meetings with some of these clubs, before Kane makes his ultimate decision. 

The former 3-time Stanley Cup champion has been rehabbing from his hip-resurfacing surgery on June 1. He and his agent have said all along that they won't entertain signing a free agent contract until he's fully ready for NHL action. 

That appears to be, as Dreger suggests, by the middle of this month. 

Most contending teams with an interest in signing the 16-year veteran and former Hart Trophy winner will need to start shuffling some salary around to make cap space for signing Kane. We should start to see that over the next week or two.

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