Chicago Blackhaws: If Toews and Kane Stay, Is Keith Gone?

November 16th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
A number of media sources, led by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, are reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks are close to contract extensions with their two young superstar forwards, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

LeBrun speculated over the weekend that an announcement of the extensions for the two could come during the team's two-week Circus Trip, which begins this week.

The downside of the speculation that Toews and Kane will get their substantial pay days soon comes with the reality that, if both of the kids get fair market value for 21-year old stars, Duncan Keith might be on borrowed time.

Keith, who has been absolutely spectacular next to Brent Seabrook for the past couple seasons, is one of the fastest skating defensemen in the league and has played at an All Star level for three years. He is off to a great start in 2009-10, scoring 15 points already and continuing his leadership on the blue line for the best defense in the league.

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, though, Keith is a restricted free agent this coming summer. He will turn 27 in July, and stands to get a substantial raise, just like Toews and Kane. That means other teams ...

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