- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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Patrick Kane says he's on pace to be ready for the start of the regular season as he recovers from wrist surgery last month.
"I went to get it checked out yesterday (Monday) and everything seems to be checking (out) right now so good news yesterday," Kane told radio station Fan 590 in Toronto Tuesday. "I should be ready for the start of the season."
The Chicago Blackhawks forward originally hurt his left wrist in the second to last game of the regular season and it continued to bother him early in the summer. Surgery on July 19 has kept him from his regular offseason routine.
"All I've been able to do is skate by myself, not really with full equipment on," Kane said. "I've been skating with one hand out there but you still have to skate. It's part of our job in the summer to get ourselves ready any way we can. That's what I'm doing. Usually at this time of year I'd be skating with some of the (Buffalo) Sabres."
Kane says he still has a cast on his wrist so it's limiting him in terms of preparation. General manager Stan Bowman told reporters on Monday Kane is on pace to be ready for training camp, but Kane isn't worried about September as much as October.
"I'm not going to rush anything," Kane stated. "We still have a lot of time. My goal is to be ready for the opening regular-season game. Obviously you'd like to be back in training camp but more importantly, the day is Oct. 7 for our first regular-season game. That's the date I'm working for. No rush because things are going pretty well right now."
Kane had 73 points in 73 games for the Hawks in 2010-11.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.