Kane has issue, expected to be ready for Blackhawks training camp

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Patrick Kane may have to get an unspecified issue taken care of during the offseason, but the Chicago Blackhawks forward said he expects to be ready for training camp.

Kane said it was bothering him before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

“There’s one little issue that I’ve been dealing with, maybe even before the bubble,” Kane said Tuesday. “We’re trying to figure that out. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. Hopefully we’ll just get it fixed and then not have to worry about it next year.

“I feel we’ve done a lot of good things to make it feel good in games, other games it hasn’t felt as great. It’s an ongoing process. Hopefully we get to the point where I’m not feeling it at all, I feel strong on the puck and it’s not an issue when I’m out there. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Kane said he’ll soon get more information on what needs to be done.

“I’ve just got some different things to talk about, go through,” he said. “We’ll figure out more, but I think the past few years I’ve skated a lot in the summer, played in the (IIHF World Championship), different things. From what I’m hearing now, maybe I’ll take more time off the ice, but I don’t think it should affect anything I’m doing as far as training, working out. But I’ll learn more as we talk through it.”

Kane will not play for the United States at the 2021 World Championship, which is scheduled for May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia. He wants to spend time with his son, Patrick Kane III, who will be 6 months old Wednesday, and get some rest.

Video: CHI@DET: Kane fires a drop pass into the back of net

The 32-year-old led the Blackhawks with 66 points (15 goals, 51 assists) in 56 games this season. He did not score a goal in his final 11 games; the last one was against the Detroit Red Wings on April 17.

“I guess I’m happy I still found a way to produce, given that [the goals weren’t] there for me,” he said. “I’m not too concerned about it because I know I can score goals, be a big-time goal producer in the League. I’ve got to figure out how to find a way to get to the net more maybe or get more chances. 

“Obviously with the way our team plays now, it’s not so much puck possession as it is moving the puck ahead and tracking it down. I’ve been used to playing a puck possession game my whole career, so it’s a little different. I’ve just got to find a way to create, no matter what the situation is. I’m looking forward to bouncing back next year.”

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