Detroit Red Wings need to make a Patrick Kane extension a priority

The Detroit Red Wings need to make it an a priority to work on a contract extension with veteran forward Patrick Kane.
Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates after scoring an overtime goal.
Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates after scoring an overtime goal. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings need to make it a priority to re-sign Patrick Kane. There's no reason why he should not be brought back to rejoin this organization. The veteran winger has been a godsend for this team.

Heck, after Kane's Cinderella story against his former team in Chicago, the Detroit Red Wings should be willing to fork over some cash. After all, he's in Detroit on a bargain of a deal right now, with his one-year, $2.75 million contract that's pro-rated, so it's even less than that in reality.

There were questions about Kane being able to come back and be healthy, but in reality, he defied the odds in an impressive return. His hip-resurfacing surgery was successful, and his rehab has him back to normal. While he feels there is room for some more improvement, it's been impressive with how well Kane has played.

He's fit right in with Detroit, found his stride, and been able to jump in and perform well. Lately, he's been on fire. The offense is pouring in, and while he had another stint on the Injured Reserve, he is back to 100%, and it has been showing lately. Steve Yzerman needs to sign Kane to an extension.

Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Kane needs an extension.

While we've been hitting on extensions a good bit recently on Octopus Thrower, Kane certainly deserves one. Whether it was his overtime goal in his return to Chicago with one of the best Ken Daniels calls to date or just his value to the team as a whole since he signed in Hockeytown.

Kane has managed 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points over 27 games played. It's been quite impressive to see him come back healthy at a point-per-game pace. His ice time is down a hair, but that's not really a bad thing. He's being used in the right ways, and the Red Wings are good at mixing him in.

It just speaks to his "fit" with the Red Wings, being able to mix him in wherever they need. Even at 35 years old, Kane still has tread on the tires and deserves to stay with the team—Detroit's at a point where an extension would be beneficial to keeping the core intact.

The Red Wings could bring Kane back on another deal, and it would likely be good for them. If Kane pieces together a performance like he is having in 2023-24, as a 36-year-old in 2024-25, it would make any money forked over worth it.

Yzerman has some decisions to make, but extending Patrick Kane is an easy one.