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Blackhawks’ Kane says wrist injury isn’t big setback

Updated: July 17, 2011 2:25AM

Despite saying that he wasn’t going to crack any jokes about Patrick Kane because of his fractured left wrist, Jonathan Toews couldn’t resist.

“Everyone says how Kaner has been buffing up. I don’t see it,” Toews said. “But I guess he’s been working hard this summer. So that’s good.”

Kane, who looked noticeably bigger, said having wrist surgery Tuesday and recovering for up to eight weeks wasn’t “that big of a setback” for his offseason training. But it could be.

“He’s gotten bigger, but I don’t know if he’ll be able to keep working at that pace to keep that size on him,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Each and every year I’ve been here he’s gotten bigger in the summer.”

Kane hopes to focus on other exercises while his wrist recovers, and he didn’t sound discouraged.

“I put a lot of time and effort in this summer to try and get myself where I need to be,” Kane said. “I’ve told a lot of people that I’m going to try and make that next step next year. It’s something I’m still intending on doing.”

If there was one exercise that irritated his wrist the most, it was cleans, a variety of lifts where weight is propelled upward.

“But with talking to [strength coach Paul Goodman], we transformed that exercise to where it wouldn’t hurt and I was still able to get the same amount of leverage off the workout,” Kane said. “But anything I did that hurt, I pretty much stopped. But I’m sure even doing it in the first place put a little more pressure on it and didn’t help.”

Kane’s goal isn’t so much to add weight and bulk.

“Some people are kind of confused with my weight,” Kane said. “People think I’m 165 [pounds], 170. I’m up to about 180, 185 now, and I’ve been there since last year.

“I’m not really trying to put on too much weight, just putting a little more muscle on and get faster. Not so much bulk up, but be lean, cut and feel good about yourself.”

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