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Kane was close to signing overseas, now holding off: “We’ll see what happens with the negotiations”

Oct 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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A week ago, Patrick Kane was close to signing overseas.

Now, he’s taking a wait-and-see approach.

“I would say I was close maybe a week or two ago to going over,” Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times.”But it was just kind of wait for the right situation and things like that. You hear about this game and you hear the negotiations are going better and you don’t want to make any rush to get over there and have to come back in a couple weeks.

“We’ll see what happens with the negotiations.”

The game Kane’s referring to is Champs for Charity, a benefit contest organized by ex-‘Hawk Adam Burish that will reunite many members of Chicago’s 2010 Stanley Cup-winning team. Kane was in attendance at a Chicago-area Ronald McDonald house on Wednesday to promote the event.

The 23-year-old had been linked to teams in Sweden, Russia and Switzerland, but feels there’s a good chance the latest NHL offer will kickstart serious negotiations.

“It’s a good stepping stone,” Kane said of the offer. “It’s something you can build off of.”

Related: Despite CBA optimism, Gagner still headed overseas

  1. islesjb - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    This has to be a good sign. If the underlying sentiment among the players after hearing the NHL’s latest proposal was that it is still completely bogus and far from acceptable, Kane would not have put a halt to his search for a European club.

    This seems to point to the notion that the latest offer is in the ballpark and that the players are now more optimistic that a deal can be reached. Hopefully we hear some more encouraging news by day’s end.

  2. jernster21 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Nice to see Kane acting like a professional and supporting the process instead of Teows mouthing off like an entitled child.

  3. shawnsmith262 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Reblogged this on Sidelined and Fined.

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