Will the Kane and Toews Contract Extensions Come Back to Bite the Blackhawks?

August 26th, 2014 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The Chicago Blackhawks took care of a huge issue last month when they signed superstars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to substantial contract extensions.

Chicago fans have celebrated two Stanley Cup championships in the last five seasons, and keeping Toews and Kane in the fold through the 2022-23 season means the Blackhawks should remain in contention for years to come.

However, there's a fairly important issue at hand. While the two superstars are the cornerstones of the franchise and it seemingly would have been impossible for the team to maintain its status without them, keeping them does not guarantee anything.

Check that. It means that general manager Stan Bowman will have a lot of work to do if the Blackhawks are going to maintain their "serious Stanley Cup contender" status.

The work begins this year, but it will increase dramatically with the 2015-16 season. That's when the contract extensions for Toews and Kane take effect. Beginning with that season, each player will be paid $10.5 million per year. They will earn $6.3 million each in 2014-15.

The Blackhawks are slightly more ...

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