Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kane Considered Long-Term
The verdict came in during the evening on Wednesday, as the Chicago Blackhawks announced that their brightest star, Patrick Kane, underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured clavicle (collarbone) and a fairly long-term prognosis was given for a timetable, in the realm of 10-to-12 weeks. The Blackhawks obviously knew the worst earlier on in the day, as they had already placed the dynamic forward on the Long Term Injury Reserve, which meant that they could get cap relief from this injury right away.
With only a little over six weeks left in the regular season, this means that his time is done here and it will now depend on how far the Blackhawks go in the playoffs, as to whether or not he will be able to play during the Spring Dance.
There is definitely so substituting the offense that Kane provides the Blackhawks, as he has played in 61 games this year, scoring 27 goals and picking up 64 points in total. That's good enough for 8th overall in pool scoring after Tuesday night's action. He has done more than enough to be considered a 1st round pick in any pool.
This season, he was the 1st round pick, 13th overall, in this pool, taken by Stacey C., but unfortunately for Stacey, the rest of his team didn't carry the necessary load to help Kane and earn some money by the end of the year. This injury won't ruin Stacey's season, but it will put a rotten cherry on top of a pretty ugly year.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.