Patrick Kane is going to rush things with his surgically repaired left wrist. In fact, it sounds as if Kane doesn't think he'll be ready when Blackhawks training camp starts in mid-September.
Kane gave an update on his wrist, which he underwent surgery for on July 19 to repair a scaphoid fracture, in a radio interview with Fan 590 in Toronto on Tuesday.
"I went to go get it checked out [Monday] and everything seems to be checking in right now," Kane told guest host Joey Vendetta. "So good news [on Monday]. I should be ready for the start of the season."
Kane was originally ruled out six to eight weeks. On Monday, general manager Stan Bowman told reporters that Kane was "doing great [and] right on schedule."
Now, that doesn't look like the case for the high-scoring winger. Kane just wants to be ready by opening night against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 7.
"I still have a little cast on, so it's probably a little bit longer," Kane told Fan 590. "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. That's kind of the date I'm working for. There's really no rush because things are going pretty well right now.
As expected, the injury has hindered Kane's offseason training.
"With the wrist injury all I've really been able to do is kind of skate by myself," Kane said. "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 anyway 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."