The Inside Story: Why Patrick Kane Chose to Join the Red Wings

Last month, three-time Stanley Cup Champion Patrick Kane, signed with Detroit Red Wings and may return to the ice this week against San Jose following hip resurfacing surgery last summer. The surgery involves the placement of a metal cap on the ball joint of the hip and a metal plate inside the joint socket, the impact on hockey players is unknown. Although some players have come back in the short-term, there is no assurance of long-term sustainability. Kane, however, is hopeful that he can play for a longer time due to the surgery. Kane mentioned that he’s optimistic, and he hopes to be even better than he was before. He had been having hip problems since 2020, and it significantly impacted his play and performance when he signed with the New York Rangers last season. Kane considered it a new challenge but later realized it was time to undergo surgery to give himself a chance to return to a high level. He recalled being thoughtful about his hip every day. Despite unexpected, Kane chose to sign with Detroit instead of going back to Buffalo or joining teams like the Panthers and the Bruins. According to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, Kane’s decision to move to the Motor City was influenced by his experiences in Michigan as a youth when he played for a Triple-A program and stayed with Red Wings legend Pat Verbeek. Having good friend and former Blackhawk Alex DeBrincat on the roster and coach Derek Lalonde’s plan to maximize Kane’s talent as a winger by adjusting the ice width also factored into his decision. Lalonde attributes Kane’s choice to join the Red Wings to the work that has been done by the team as well as the organization’s future plans.