CHICAGO - Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane said he will return to the NHL playoffs next week at 100 per cent despite a brace on his injured left knee.
Kane, who was leading Chicago in scoring when he was hurt in a game against St. Louis on March 19, resumed skating on his own five days ago. On Wednesday, he skated with his teammates for the first time in the hours before a game against Montreal.
The team had put Kane on injured reserve and said he would miss the final 12 games of the of the regular season. Kane says he will be rested for the post-season and said: "Some people thought it might be beneficial to take a little time off."
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres