Patrick Kane, one of the most prolific scorers in the NHL, has signed with the Detroit Red Wings for the rest of the season, according to a source familiar with the decision. The 34-year-old winger, who underwent hip surgery in July, chose the Red Wings over other suitors, including his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kane, who won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, is expected to make his debut with the Red Wings on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will join a young and talented roster that includes Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, and Moritz Seider. The Red Wings are currently fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 13-9-3 record.
The Red Wings hope to boost their offense with Kane
The Red Wings, who have not made the playoffs since 2016, are hoping that Kane can provide a spark to their offense, which ranks 18th in the NHL with 2.88 goals per game. Kane, who has 1,065 points in 1,024 career games, is known for his speed, skill, and creativity on the ice.
Kane said he was excited to join the Red Wings, a franchise that has won 11 Stanley Cups and has a rich history of success. He also praised the coaching staff, led by Jeff Blashill, and the management, led by Steve Yzerman, for their vision and direction.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Detroit Red Wings organization,” Kane said in a statement. “They have a great culture, a great fan base, and a great future. I’m looking forward to contributing to their success and playing with some of the best young players in the league.”
The Blackhawks bid farewell to Kane
The Blackhawks, who are in the midst of a rebuilding process, decided not to re-sign Kane, who was an unrestricted free agent. They thanked him for his contributions to the team and wished him well in his new venture.
“Patrick Kane is a legend in Chicago and a legend in the NHL,” Blackhawks president of hockey operations Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He helped us win three championships and gave us countless memories. We are grateful for everything he did for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Detroit.”
Kane, who was drafted by the Blackhawks with the first overall pick in 2007, said he was grateful for his time in Chicago and the support he received from the fans.
“Chicago will always have a special place in my heart,” Kane said. “I want to thank the Blackhawks organization, my teammates, and the fans for 16 amazing years. It was an honor and a privilege to play for this city and this team. I will always cherish the memories we made together.”