Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said he has been dealing with an undisclosed injury since last summer.
“I’m good, body feels really good,” Kane said Tuesday during his end-of-season media availability. “One little issue that I’ve been dealing with, maybe even before the bubble in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs. Trying to figure that out, hopefully it’s nothing too serious. Hopefully just get it fixed, not have to worry about it next year. Besides that, conditioning, being able to play a lot of minutes, feel good about that, happy with where all that’s at.”
The 32-year-old did not disclose specifics regarding the injury.
“I’m not going to tell you exactly what it is,” Kane said. “I feel we’ve done a lot of good things to make it feel good in games, and then other games it hasn’t felt as great. It’s just like an ongoing process. Hopefully, we can get to the point where I’m not feeling it at all, and just feel strong on the puck and feel like it’s not an issue when I’m out there. That’s the ultimate goal.”
“Disappointed and obviously not happy about the goal production, but I guess I’m happy I still found a way to produce, given that wasn’t there for me. Gotta figure that out, obviously. Not too concerned about it because I know I can score goals, be a big-time goal producer in the league. Gotta figure out how to find a way to get to the not more maybe or get more chances, obviously with the way our team plays now.”
Kane said he will not play for the United States men’s national team at the 2021 IIHF World Championship, which takes place May 21 to June 6 in Latvia. He scored 42 points (25 goals, 13 assists) in 25 games over the past three Worlds tournaments, serving as captain in 2018 and 2019. The IIHF canceled the 2020 tournament because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The past few years I’ve really skated a lot in the summer, played in World Championships and different things,” he said. “From what I’m hearing right now, I’ll maybe take a little bit more time off the ice, but I don’t think it should affect anything I’m doing as far as training and working out. But like I said I’ll learn more as we talk through it.”