When doctors went in to repair the torn labrum in Evander Kane's left shoulder this month, they discovered it was a mess.
"The surgery was a little bit more complicated in terms of what they originally thought it was," Kane said Saturday. "There’s a hole actually in my shoulder as well, but everything’s fixed and good to go now. I’m looking forward to getting back healthy."
Buffalo's top left winger is confident he'll be ready by the time training camp starts in September. Typical recovery from labrum surgery is four to six months.
"I’m not concerned about it at all," Kane said in First Niagara Center. "It’s not going to change my game. I’m not going to second-guess going into a corner and taking a hit. I have lots of time to get healthy, and that’s something I thought about coming to that conclusion to get the surgery done."
The timing of the surgery was a source of major debate. He'd just had a public incident with teammates in Winnipeg when he elected to end his season.
"I was playing hurt with a majority of injuries through the course of the season," Kane said. "It just took a toll, and it was time for me to get my surgery done."
Kane, who had 10 goals and 22 points in 37 games this year, is eager to see what he can do with the Sabres while healthy.
"I’m already looking forward to next year, but the team’s still playing," Kane said. "It’s kind of tough to balance that a little bit, but it gives me an opportunity to get healthy and finally get my body back to where it needs to be so I can perform my best."