Patrick Kane signs with Red Wings, could suit up versus Rangers on Wednesday

Patrick Kane has made his decision and signed with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday morning per multiple reports. Funny how timing works, as the former Blueshirt could make his debut against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. The game is also a national one for TNT.

I noted last night on social media, that conversations I had last week indicated that Detroit was the most likely destination. They are in a playoff spot and Kane will also reunite with former Chicago Blackhawks linemate Alex DeBrincat.

Contract details have yet to be confirmed. We will update the article as soon as they are available.

Update: Per The Athletic, it is a one-year deal. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the AAV is $2.75M.

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Patrick Kane signs with Red Wings

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Kane, 35, played 19 regular season games totaling 12 points for the Rangers last season. In 7 postseason contests, he added another 6 points before they were bounced by the New Jersey Devils in 7 games.

While Kane sounded open to coming back and giving it another go after basically orchestrating a move to the Rangers at the Trade Deadline, the Blueshirts really didn’t have the cap space. Adam Fox is currently on LTIR, but expected to return on Wednesday and thus the cap relief will go away.

NY Post’s Larry Brooks also indicated that the Rangers were never even in on Kane this season. Additionally, he’s coming off major surgery which many NHL players have not been able to make a full recovery from. The latest is Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, who shut it down this season after just 8 games.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore