Patrick Kane wrist progressing

Updated: September 16, 2011, 3:16 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks say he's right on pace for a return from offseason wrist surgery, but they'll play it safe throughout training camp, which begins Saturday.

"We're going to approach it that way," coach Joel Quenneville said Friday. "We're going to take as much time as we need or we feel.

"He'll be practicing a couple times a day, but we won't put him in full contact just yet. We'll side with safety or caution right now and gradually work him in."

Kane injured his wrist near the end of last season but didn't require surgery until mid-July.

"I got it checked out yesterday [Thursday] and I really have no limitations right now," he said. "I think we are going to be cautious about putting myself right into contact right away, but I'll be skating twice a day with practices.

"I'll be working real hard to get my range of motion back. But I'm really happy with where things are at."

General manager Stan Bowman says they've talked with Kane about taking it easy.

"I spoke to him last night," Bowman said. "He wants to go full tilt right away. His injury has healed real well. We're right on track with that, so at this point we're going to play it cautiously but also he's going to be participating in everything."

Kane reiterated he's ready, though fans might not see him in scrimmages or preseason games right away.

"They said if it was the middle of the season right now I could pretty much play," Kane said. "I'm fully 100 percent ready to go. I just have to get my range of motion back. There is no date set."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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