Who’s More Irreplaceable for Blackhawks: Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews?

September 26th, 2013 by Lyle Fitzsimmons Leave a reply »

It’s a nightmare scenario for every Chicago Blackhawks fan.

When their contracts near expiration at the end of the 2014-15 season, the on-ice partnership of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews is deemed financially unsustainable and is dissolved by Blackhawks management—sending either the prolific winger or the respected leader to another town.

And though general manager Stan Bowman and chairman Rocky Wirtz have insisted the players will remain together “forever,” it might be wise for Second City supporters to begin deciding which toy they’d rather play with long-term if the bean-counters ultimately decide they can only keep one.

The reasons to pine for either guy aren’t hard to figure.

The prolific Kane has been a point-per-game player for three of six seasons in the league, scored the goal that clinched the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1961, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy when they made it two titles in four years over six games this past June in Boston.

Meanwhile, the contemplative Toews became the franchise’s youngest captain at age 20, was name ...

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