If it were the middle of the season, Patrick Kane would be playing right now. But since it's the preseason, Kane, who is still wearing on splint on his surgically repaired left wrist, is being careful.
"I got it checked out [Thursday] and I really have no limitations right now," Kane said Friday during training camp media day at the United Center. "I think I'm going be cautionary about putting myself in contact right away. I'll be skating twice a day with practice. I'll be doing practice with whatever team is out there, working real hard to get my range of motion back."
It's all about that range of motion. He's started to shoot pucks after not being able to for weeks. Kane underwent surgery on July 19 to repair a scaphoid fracture, which he believes he suffered late in the regular season.
"I've been practicing and doing pretty much all the drills," Kane said. "It's exciting to be back on the ice, especially in full equipment. When I was skating before, I was in a cast. ... I've been shooting and puck-handling. I think the step now is to get that range of motion back. I'm still a little stiff, but other than that, the bone and everything is pretty much healed."
As far as the scrimmages during practices, Kane said he will take things "day by day." He doesn't have date or goal in mind to be back this preseason in terms of full participation.
"I'm pretty much ready right now," said Kane, the Hawks' only point-per-game player last season. "It's pretty much cautionary. They said if it was the middle of the season right now, and if I wanted to play, I could play. It's just making sure we don't make it any worse and I'm fully 100 percent ready to go, which I am right now. I just have to get my range of motion back."