Patrick Kane On Team USA And New Season, Panarin Contract News
By Scott King @ScottKingMedia
NHL MVP Patrick Kane returned to the United Center Tuesday to join the Blackhawks at training camp. Kane was an alternate captain of Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey before they were eliminated last week.
“I feel pretty good,” Kane said. “I feel like everything’s starting to come around right now for sure. Starting to feel kind of like myself on the ice again so to speak. It’s good to be back in the locker room with all the guys and back in a Blackhawks’ uniform too. It’s always fun coming back. Feels like home for sure.”
Time will tell if Kane can top last season’s Hart trophy worthy performance. “I’m a big believer in kind of wiping the slate clean,” Kane said. “Take it day-by-day, game-by-game. Not get too down on yourself or too ahead of yourself for that matter too.
“There’s definitely some motivation there, where you want to prove yourself again. It’s a little bit in the back of your mind.”
The world class winger didn’t feel he needed much time to shake off Team USA’s early exit in the competition.
“It was one of those things where you wish you had a few more games with that group. It was a situation, looking back on it now, we lost to a good team in Europe, they’re in the championship now. I think at that point there was a lot of noise from the outside that maybe crept into our locker room a little bit.
“We needed to beat Canada. You can say they probably outplayed us, but we had chances in that game to keep ourselves in it. Ended up losing that one and we were out.
“Pretty quick tournament for us. But you’re playing in the World Cup of Hockey, you’re playing for your country. It’s always an honor to play for the United States. I’ll always remember playing for my country and I’ll always want to do it if [I] get the opportunity.”
Panarin’s contract extension
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reported Artemi Panarin is asking for six-plus million per year over six years for his contract extension via a source.
Hawks VP and GM Stan Bowman spoke, or didn’t speak, on the negotiations Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s a productive thing to negotiate through the media,” Bowman said.
“Obviously Artemi is a big part of our team. We’re excited for the season he had. We’re looking forward to him building on that this year as well. The negotiations will be what they are between his agent and myself.”
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