Patrick Kane was looking like his midseason self on Wednesday, breaking away for practice goals and joking with present and past teammates.

He's in the same boat as every other player at this point, waiting to see what happens with the now four-day-old NHL lockout and hoping it's resolved soon. Until then – or until he decides he has to play overseas – Kane is in full preparation mode.

Kane, who skated with players last week, resumed those workouts on Wednesday. He's been back in Chicago for more than a week now after spending most of his offseason in Buffalo, and returning to Chicago ice has been a pleasure.