Patrick Kane is set to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NHL career, but his plans have been derailed for the time being. The Chicago Blackhawks legend, who just played the second half of this season with the New York Rangers, has undergone hip surgery that is set to keep him out for the next 4-6 months.

Via Elliotte Friedman:

“Patrick Kane’s representative, Pat Brisson, says Kane had a hip resurfacing today under Dr. Edwin Su. As is normal, follow-ups are planned, but roughly 4-6 months recovery is expected. Brisson says Kane “wants to play for a long time,” and doctors are optimistic that will happen.”

As noted, Kane intends to play for many more years and the doctors believe that is very possible. At 34, the American still has lots left in the tank, it simply comes down to joining a team with a good situation for him.

The veteran isn't going to score 30+ goals in a season anymore, but he can be a solid piece for a contender who wants production and veteran experience. In 2022-23, Patrick Kane finished with 21 goals and 36 assists in 73 contests between Chicago and New York.

If he's out the full six months, that means Kane wouldn't return to the ice until the beginning of December. Not awful by any means. With a little bit of luck, he could even be ready to go in October. It's honestly a good thing Kane is finally addressing the hip issue because it's been something that's affected him for a few seasons now. Hopefully, it can help extend his career.