(Detroit) The Detroit Red Wings have indicated that Patrick Kane is ready to begin his NHL season.

Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde told reporters Wednesday that he expects to see the star forward in uniform Thursday night at home against the San Jose Sharks.

The 35-year-old veteran had surgery on his right hip six months ago, and he hopes to become the third player in NHL history to successfully return to play after such major surgery.

The Red Wings reached a deal with the game maker last week, a pact that will pay them just over $2 million for the remainder of the campaign. The Michigan team hopes to participate in the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Kane, who won the Stanley Cup three times and was named the NHL’s MVP in 2016, says he feels much better than he did during his last game on May 1, when he was in a NHL uniform. New York Rangers. It was then Game 7 of the first round series in the Eastern Conference, against the New Jersey Devils.

Kane is trying to join Ed Jovanovski and Nicklas Backstrom in the exclusive group of players who underwent major hip surgery before returning to play in the NHL.

The operation consists of dislocating the upper end of the femur, before cutting it, shaping it and removing part of the cartilage to put it back in place. Kane ensured that his right hip regained its mobility and flexibility.