Free agent RW Patrick Kane is going to sign a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Tuesday. Kane had been a free agent awaiting a deal after undergoing hip surgery in the spring. He was expected to be ready around this time and now that Kane is healthy and good to play, he’s joining a familiar foe in the Red Wings.
Kane was most recently with the New York Rangers after being traded from the Chicago Blackhawks, where he spent parts of the past 16 seasons. Kane finished last season with 57 points (21 goals) in 73 games between the Rangers and Blackhawks. New York would go on to lose in the first round to the New Jersey Devils in seven games last postseason. That was Kane’s lowest point total in a season since 2012-13 when he had 55 points during the Lockout shortened season.
Kane is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago and won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP in 2013. He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in the 2015-16 season when he led the NHL in points wit 106 (46 goals). Kane has also won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, the Art Ross Trophy, and is a four-time All-Star.
The Red Wings have been one of the surprise teams so far in 2023-24, sitting at 11-6-3 with 25 points, good for third in the Atlantic Division as of Tuesday. Kane gives Detroit some more depth in the top-nine. Kane should line up at RW either on the second or third line. Chances are the Red Wings will drop Michael Rasmussen down and move Kane to RW on the second line with his former teammate LW Alex DeBrincat and C JT Compher. That gives the Red Wings a top-six that includes DeBrincat, Kane, Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond.
Kane should also boost an already strong power play. Detroit ranks 9th in the NHL in power-play percentage at 22.4%. Kane has 402 career power-play points (124 PP goals) over 1,180 games.