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Toews and Kane ‘will be here forever,’ says Chicago GM

Sep 6, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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There’s been speculation the Chicago Blackhawks might have issues keeping Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane when they become unrestricted free agents in 2016.

To that, ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman has a bold response.

“Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be here forever,” Bowman told the ‘Hawks website. “I can’t predict what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you that Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team.”

The issue with 2016 is this:

Chicago already has $41 million committed to just seven players (Patrik Sharp, Marian Hossa, Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Corey Crawford) and, in addition to Kane and Toews, will have to deal with RFAs Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy and Calder Trophy nominee Brandon Saad, all of whom are up at the same time.

There’s also the issue of Bowman’s post-Cup spending spree.

Eyebrows were raised when Chicago guaranteed Crawford $36 million (and extended him through his 35th birthday). While he silenced critics during the recent Stanley Cup run, Crawford has never appeared in more than 57 regular season games and spent last year in a timeshare with Ray Emery, who had 17 wins to Crawford’s 19.

(It’s also not like Chicago’s goaltending cupboard is bare — they used a second-round pick in 2010 to select WHL Everett’s Kent Simpson and signed Finnish league star Antti Raanta this summer.)

The Bickell deal (four years, $16 million) was another eyebrow-raiser, even though the power forward was in line for a raise on the $541,667 he made annually on his last deal. The 27-year-old, who averages 34 points a season and 12:39 TOI per game, cashed in on a successful playoff run and a relatively weak free agent market.

But whatever the case with Chicago’s current financial landscape, Bowman remains confident it’ll have no bearing on keeping his two prized players in town.

“Those two players put the Blackhawks back on the map, they’re up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we’ll figure out the details,” he explained. “The notion that the money we’re spending now will affect our ability to keep Jonathan and Kane…it’s a non-issue.

“They will be here no matter what.”

  1. paledevil - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Yea I saw this one before ….. But still worth watching again……….. This is Camelot we will not yield ….

  2. boomer1451 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I’ll back Bowman’s decisions & the actual Stanley Cup before I read too much into your second guessing… Go Hawks!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I second the “vote of confidence”.

  3. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Two guys worth keeping for sure. Although this comment might have driven the asking price up in a few years…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Forever. Indeed. Just like the Bruins with Orr. Oilers with Gretzky. Kings with Gretzky. Hawks with Bobby Hull. Habs with Roy and Lafleur. Leafs with Horton and Mahovlich. Etc. Meet me back here in 15 years and we’ll see how it’s going. Or went.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    There are some other aspects that will help keep them in Chicago, if the Hawks can stay “in the ballpark” financially in what they offer.

    1. Chicago is a big media market, the Hawks are big in Chicago and they are well known names there – therefore significant opportunities for getting a lot of advertizing and endorsement revenue.

    2. Playing in Chicago is one of their best opportunities to keep on winning significantly. At their level of contract, playoff bonusus are not a big %, but these are very competitive guys who want to win. Not only more championships, but ultimately all them the opportunity to put up some big numbers – HOF kinda stuff. Even if the Yotes, Panthers, Blue Jackets… could pay somewhat more – going there could well jepordise the HOF and record book stuff. Not trying to trash any teams, but I’m trusting that folks will understand that I am using examples most can identify with.

  5. suckit619 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Enjoy the dynasty gentlemen. It has been and will continue to be a fun ride…. GO HAWKS!

  6. monstersofthemidway545051 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Love me some Blackhawks.

  7. beergold - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Note to Toronto Maple Leaf ownership/management group………These two and the other BH’s listed are what “franchise” players look like.

    Currently who would yours be that predicate a succesful Leaf on ice product this year and beyond??

    • dueman - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      You really have a boner for the Leafs eh? What, was your ex girlfriend, that used to beat you up, a Leafs fan or something?

      • beergold - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Get back in your Leaf jammies dooman. The whole frigging world doesn’t revolve around your high and mighty opinion of your littledicked self! My guess is you have had a lot of “myopinion only matters related” azzwoopings in your dooman life!

  8. jhuck92 - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I agree 100% with Bowman. I’ve been a fan since I saw Kane’s and Toews’s stellar performances in the Vancouver Olympics. Lo and behold, they won the cup that year. They’re a (major) reason why I’m a ‘Hawks fan.

  9. jason9696 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I’m sure all the bars in Chicago are happy to hear that Patrick Kane “will be here forever”.

  10. pmonte3122 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Weird because Kane has stated before he wants to play in Buffalo eventually…

    • alexbaymac - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Yup, once per year under the new schedule!

  11. blomfeld - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    ‘It’s like hitting them with tennis balls” …

    (ie: Telly Savalas portraying an American tank commander while engaging Tiger ‘main’ battle tanks in the excellent movie Battle of the Bulge)

    Attention All “Excellent’ LA Kings Fans !

    Let these Blackhawks revel in the glory of their hollow and ‘asterisk-laden’ victory … for as everyone knows, a ‘true’ Stanley Cup Championship is based on a ‘true’ season which features 82 x regular season games … and we all know what happened the last time they had that eh ? :) The bottom line friends is that 2014 will see us once again ‘smash’ everything in our path, including these ‘asterisk-laden’ mid-west pansies !


    • mrfancyness - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      I smell a lot of but hurt coming from over here. Don’t be mad bro, it’s not our fault your franchise is built around one average goalie and some sucky players who can’t perform. So you got lucky in 2012, congratulations! We’ve won two in three years, the most of the decade! Hope you enjoyed your pitiful victory while it laster, cause it won’t happen again, guaranteed!

  12. sprtsfan1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Ah Blomfeld, I can always count on you for a laugh. If this past season meant nothing, you wouldn’t have even bothered posting in here during the playoffs. Don’t be sad your big bad strong Kings got embarrassed by the Midwest pansies. Your boys are still strong and mighty and all you want them to be, but a Stanley Cup winner they certainly are not. They had their opportunity and lost in 5. See ya next season.

    • blomfeld - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      *** somewhere out on the great plains ***

      Blomfeld: who is this rider before us, whose words ‘echo’ that of an old lost friend ?

      Ten Bears: I know brother, however I think he may be one of the ‘sick’ soldiers from the fort ?

      Crazy Dog: well who cares ? … I say we waste the mo-effer right now !

      Crazy Deer: yeah man ! … let’s put the POS on ice right now !

      Blomfeld: no brothers ! … while I can’t be sure, let us offer this man food and blankets …

      My old comrade was called Sportsfan69 and so it’s not clear to me what you’re supposed to be all about ? Nonetheless, rest assured that the Kings of Los Angeles will reign ‘glorious’ yet again in 2014 ! … that is all I have to say …

  13. 1901wmadison - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    If the Midwest qualifies as pansies, what does that make people from la?

    • blomfeld - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      it makes them Panzer Grenadiers, 25th Company, Special Action Unit, Army Group Blomfeld !

      • 1901wmadison - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        I thought it made them losers – considering that’s what happened 4 out of 5 games when they played the hawks.

        Wonder how “asterisk-laden” Quick thinks they are after getting getting chased.

  14. blackhawks2010 - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Blackhawks Dynasty!

    • blomfeld - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      your weak ‘asterisk-laden’ dynasty is going to be crushed under the ‘heels of redemption’ faster than some ant on the sidewalk succumbing to death under the heels of a ‘fat & demented’ Walmart shopper racing to a ‘30% off’ sale ! … no two ways about it …


      ps: is that ‘Stanley’ I hear calling yet again? :)

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