Hawks’ Patrick Kane will play it safe after wrist repairs
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org September 16, 2011 9:24PM
Updated: November 18, 2011 12:22AM
The splint is still securely strapped to Patrick Kane’s surgically repaired left wrist.
The winger would play if it were the middle of the season. But for now, he’ll take a cautious approach to just about everything.
“I’m going be cautionary about putting myself in contact right away,” Kane said Friday. “I’ll be doing practice with whatever team is out there, working real hard to get my range of motion back.”
Kane talked a lot about being driven to reach the next level in his career. He was the Hawks’ only point-per-game player last year and had a career-high 88 points a season ago, but he’s hoping for more.
That said, Kane, 22, is trying to remain patient as he recovers. Kane underwent surgery July 19 to repair a scaphoid fracture, which he believes he suffered late last season. He has started shooting pucks after being unable to for weeks.
“His injuries healed very well,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “We’re right on track with that. [But] at this point, we’re going to play it cautiously. He’s eager to get out there and do his thing. I know he said it feels great, as strong as ever.”
As for the scrimmages during practices, Kane said he’ll take things “day by day.” He doesn’t have a date in mind to be back in terms of full participation.
“They said if it was the middle of the season right now, and if I wanted to play, I could play,” Kane said. “It’s just making sure we don’t make it any worse and I’m fully 100 percent ready to go.”
On the record
Jonathan Toews knew word of him accidentally knocking over a young player on the ice at a camp in Canada had spread when the texts from friends kept pouring in. What he didn’t know was that the video of it went viral.
“ ‘Where did you see that?’ is my question,” Toews said.
Told it was all over the Internet, Toews said: “Oh, geez. . . . I thought it was funny. [I got ] a million texts, more than anything else that my buddies had ever seen on the Internet. They were like, ‘Wow, did you learn how to hit over the offseason or something?’
“He’s OK. We were kind of playing a little game of keep away. A kid turned one way, and I must have looked away or something and he cut back in. I absolutely had no time to get out of the way. I kind of ran him over. It was ugly.”
Hossa still home
Marian Hossa remains home in Slovakia and is expected to join the team soon. Hossa attended a memorial Thursday for close friend Pavol Demitra, a former NHL player who died in the plane crash that killed most of a Russian pro hockey team this month.
“We certainly want to give him the time to be ready to step on the ice,” Bowman said. “He said in a couple days he’s going to be back here. It’s certainly tough losing a close friend. It’s a terrible tragedy, and it’s not an easy time for him.”
Hossa and his wife, Jana, also recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Mia.
Patrick Sharp didn’t meet the media, but he was a topic of discussion after undergoing an appendectomy Monday.
The Hawks aren’t too worried about the possibility of Sharp missing the entire preseason.
“Sharp was in excellent shape,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Through that process of taking the necessary time to heal himself up to get ready, he’s a finely tuned athlete. He can play through a lot of different injuries. We saw that last year how quickly he got back, particularly at a critical time of the year.”