When Patrick Kane was injured on February 24th, the estimated recovery time was 12 weeks. Well reports have been released that Kane is progressing real well in practice. Kane has been skating with the team but he has not been taking contact.
Feb 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is defended by Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
With the optimistic reports coming out around Kane, rumors have begun to swirl like a tornado. Rumors have been raging on twitter. Some rumors were so outlandish that people were thinking Kane might suit up last Sunday for the show down with the Blues. The media has now supplied the Blackhawks faithful with a new rumor. The most recent rumor is that Kane could be back for the first round of the playoffs. With the recent loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks are in desperate need of an offensive jump. Former line mates Brad Richards and Kris Vertseeg have went into the pit of despair since Kane’s injury. Kane could be the that jump for the hawks.
Now the optimist in me believes that Kane will be ready earlier than the original 12 weeks. My best guess would be ten weeks and the second round of the playoffs. If by some medical miracle Kane would be cleared to play in the first series, it would be a mistake to play him.
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Here are my main reason Kane should not play in the first round of the playoffs. The main reason is that we do not sacrifice the potential long term success versus for short term gain. If Kane gets hurt again and it becomes a long term injury, was it worth one series? Kane is not a big guy and everyone is going to know that he is coming back early from injury. Do you think the Blues or Preds will lay off Kane? Ryan Reaves is salivating at the fact that he might get to end Kane.(The Blues and Blackhawks could meet up in the first round). Kane should play in the playoffs but he should not play early. He should sit closer to ten weeks and make sure he is fully healed. The worst thing possible scenario is another injury. (I just knocked on wood after that sentence.)
The Blackhawks need to be realistic. The Blackhawks should not potentially sacrifice the future of the franchise for one playoff series. REALISTICALLY Kane will not be ready for the quarter final round and most likely be ready for the semi final round.
In my OPINION Kane should sit in the first round regardless of his medical clearance.
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