Posted by: kristagolden | August 24, 2011

Patrick Kane and the terrible, horrible, no-good very bad summer

When last we saw Patrick Kane, he was at the Blackhawks Convention preparing for surgery to fix a fracture in his left wrist. Well, the surgery took place on July 19 and was a success according to Blackhawks’ team physician Dr. Michael Terry. Since then, Patrick’s been in a plaster cast up past his elbow and has been doing a limited summer workout.

But don’t think a cast slowed him down – he showed up at a hockey camp in New Jersey hosted by Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland to give tips to budding hockey stars. In the video below, you can see that he wants to use his left hand, seeing as he shoots left, and struggles a bit when he does shoot.

The timetable for Patrick’s recovery was originally set so that he’d have two weeks of rehab on his wrist in time for the start of training camp on September 15. But in an interview with Toronto’s The Fan 590, he  set a new target date:

I’m not really going to rush anything, we still have a lot of time. My goal is to be ready for the opening regular-season game. Obviously, you’d like to be back in training camp, but more importantly the date is Oct. 7 for our first regular season game.

And just how has his workout been altered?

With the wrist injury, all I’ve really been able to do is kind of skate by myself. Not really with full equipment on, just kind of been skating with one hand out there. You still have to skate. That’s kind of part of our job in the summer is to get ourselves ready any way we can. That’s what I’m doing right now. Usually at this time of year I’d probably be skating with some of the [Buffalo] Sabres, whether it’s just playing shinny or regular four-on-four games, which are always pretty fun to kind of help you get ready for the season. That’s what I’d usually be doing but this summer has been a little bit different.

It would be unsettling not to see Patrick Kane at training camp next month, but no one wants him to jump back into play before he’s ready, least of all Patrick himself. All we can do is wait and see when he’ll be back on the ice.

Update: According to the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc, Patrick conferred with his doctor and team trainers, and guess what? He’ll be at training camp after all! The big question is when – will it be on the 15th when it starts, or soon after that? You know I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for his arrival.

Just a little while longer till that cursed cast disappears.

– Krista

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