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Rangers Not Interested In Signing Patrick Kane


November 15th, 2023 at 3:29pm CST • By Josh Erickson


The New York Rangers are not interested in bringing back free-agent winger Patrick Kane for a continued stint with the team, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported late Tuesday night. While Chris Johnston of TSN reported last week that the Rangers were one of four Eastern Conference teams interested in the three-time Stanley Cup champion, and Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff said the Rangers had interest in Kane last month, Brooks claims the Rangers “have never been in the mix” for the almost-35-year-old.


Salary cap considerations were always going to be a prohibiting factor in a potential Kane reunion in the Big Apple. Carrying a 20-man roster, plus factoring in the cap hits of the injured Filip Chytil and Adam Fox, the Rangers have less than $650K in projected cap space, which couldn’t even accommodate a league-minimum salary of $775K.


As Brooks points out, there’s also an extremely fair concern around Kane’s health post-hip-resurfacing surgery – a concern the Rangers witnessed first-hand last season after Kane’s post-deadline stint with the team was underwhelming. While whatever issue that was plaguing him has theoretically been fixed, no NHLer has returned to their previous level of effectiveness after undergoing the procedure.


There’s also something to be said about the long-awaited emergence of Alexis Lafrenière. New head coach Peter Laviolette has done what Rangers fans have clamored for since the team selected him first-overall in 2020 – move him to his off-wing in order to give him a role in the team’s top six. Playing on the right side of a line with Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck, Lafrenière ranks third on the team in goals with seven and has 11 points in 14 contests while averaging 16:32 per game.


His emergence has certainly eliminated a potential need (and ice time) for Kane in the Rangers lineup, something GM Chris Drurylikely recognizes. Lafrenière is already out-pacing Kane’s stint with the Rangers last season – in 19 games, the longtime Blackhawk had five goals and 12 points while averaging 17:29 per game.



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I dunno about signing Kane. I keep going back to Ed Jovanovski who had hip resurfacing surgery and lasted 37 games before he had to pack it in. Ryan Kesler had the same surgery and never played again. Since retiring he has had both hips replaced. Nicklas Backstrom had his hip resurfaced earlier this year and was shut down after eight games this season. He is not expected to play again. Carl Hagelin had the procedure in February 2023 and is not playing anywhere. Patrick Kane had his surgery on June 1 with a recovery time of 4-6 months and we are right now in the middle of the fifth month. Now, Kane may be the exception to the rule and might come back and be his old self, but the odds are not great, given the intensely invasive surgery he has undergone. There are three possible outcomes for Kane: 1) he bounces back like nothing ever happened; 2) He bounces back but is statistically underperforming; or 3) He lasts 20-30 games and is shut down indefinitely. Wonder what the betting line will be.

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