Patrick Kane Speaks: “Nagging” Injury, Offseason Additions, the Return of Toews, More

Following the end of the first day of training camp in Chicago, Patrick Kane spoke with the media about why this year’s team feels so different (kind of an obvious feeling without the likes of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook around, right?).

Kane is one of the leaders of the Blackhawks again this season, but it’s a little different than usual. With the losses of Keith and Seabrook, the weight of carrying the locker room falls to Kane. Or, at least, it looked like it would be for a while. Instead, with some key offseason additions (Marc-André Fleury and Seth Jones, in particular) plus the return of Jonathan Toews, Kane’s burden should be eased.

And that should relieve some pressure and allow him to focus more on his own game.

And that’s especially good news, considering the news that Kane has been dealing with a minor “nagging” injury/issue since the 2020 postseason bubble in Edmonton.

Whatever the issue may be, the hope is that it can be put behind Kane this season (or at least that it won’t hinder his ability on the ice). Again, he was dealing with this issue all last season and still finished fifth in scoring in the NHL.

Kane did something last season that he hasn’t done in his entire NHL career with the Blackhawks: play without Jonathan Toews. After missing all of the 2020-21 season, Toews is back and preparing to be ready to go for the Blackhawks on opening night (October 13th) against the Colorado Avalanche. Kane spoke on Thursday about what having Toews back with the team means to him and his teammates.

With the plethora of moves made this offseason by the Blackhawks, including the additions of Seth Jones, Marc-André Fleury, Jake McCabe, and Tyler Johnson, the expectations for Kane and the Blackhawks have sky-rocketed from maybe, possibly being in the mix for the playoff hunt to being a disappointment if they don’t make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The quick exit from “rebuild” mode has Kane, and I’m sure his teammates, excited for the upcoming year. I know I’m excited.

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Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.

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