Chicago Blackhawks Contract Update: Tag, Someone’s Out?

November 18th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks are continuing to work with the agents for young stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith on new contracts to keep the three in Chicago for the better part of the next decade.

Many sites have reported that the general framework for each deal appears to be certain, but now the Hawks have to take care of some business on their end.

One of the issues the Hawks will have to work through is making sure every "i" is dotted and each "t" is crossed, because the NHL is taking a very close look at any deal that extends beyond 10 years in the wake of suspicious contracts like those of Philadelphia's Chris Pronger and Chicago's Marian Hossa this past summer.

It is believed that Duncan Keith's deal could be for 13 years, which qualifies for the extra scrutiny.

The other, and perhaps bigger, issue the Blackhawks will face has to do with a specific rule in the Collective Bargaining Agreement called "tagging." ESPN's Jesse Rogers wrote on Wednesday afternoon that he was clued into this provision by a rival GM.

"Tagging" is a rule in the CBA that prohibits a team from having more money committed to the f ...

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