How Blackhawks Can Navigate Kane and Toews Contracts to Stay Under Salary Cap

July 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks excitedly announced on Twitter that star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had each signed eight-year contract extensions with the club:

What the team didn’t announce was how it was going to fit them under the salary cap.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, both Toews and Kane come with an annual cap hit of $10.5 million. When those extensions start in 2015-16, the duo will be tied for the highest cap hit in the NHL, nearly a full $1 million higher than current leader Alex Ovechkin.

Can any team stay competitive with two players combining for $21 million in cap space? We’ll see, but at this point there is no reason to think that the Blackhawks face an impossible task.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, though.

Even before the Toews/Kane contracts kick in, the Blackhawks are in some cap trouble.

The Blackhawks are on target to exceed the 2014-15 cap by a little over $2.2 million. The ‘Hawks should be able to get out of the problem, but it will likely require dealing a usef ...

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