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Toews: Kane and I want to be in Chicago ‘as long as we possibly can be’

Jun 23, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews AP

When July 1 rolls around, both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane can begin negotiating contract extensions with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The pair of superstar forwards signed matching five-year, $31.5 million deals back in 2010 that expire next summer. It’s expected they’ll sign matching deals again this time around as well. As Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times shared, Toews said he’s in discussions with GM Stan Bowman already and wants to stay for a long time.

“We don’t know what that process is going to entail exactly, but I think everyone knows we love Chicago and we understand how much we’ve been given by the organization and fans,” Toews said. “We want to be there for as long as we possibly can be — hopefully our entire careers. That’s the priority right there.”

Toews was the third overall pick in the NHL Draft by the Blackhawks in 2006 and Kane was the No. 1 pick by Chicago in 2007. Those two have been the dynamic duo there ever since and have won two Stanley Cups together.

While the two want to stay together, Toews admitted that both he and Kane have to do what’s best for themselves and their families. It’s hard to picture these two parting ways right when it seems like they’re just getting going terrorizing the league with their skills.

  1. stevepopo - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM


    -Buffalo fan

    • stevepopo - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      I’ll say that this line makes me wonder about Kane in Buffalo: “While the two want to stay together, Toews admitted that both he and Kane have to do what’s best for themselves and their families. ”

      He owns the highest(?) or top3 mansion in Buffalo. Buffalo has never won a pro sports championship; if he waited until July 1, 2015 to sign a deal, he’d know if BUF drafted Connor McDavid (whom would C his line for the rest of his career). Honestly, he’d get a statue in Buffalo; if he won us our first pro sports championship he’d be beloved for eternity in this city.

      But as a Buffalo fan, my fascination with him coming home was shot when I went to the United Center last season for a game.. He’s got it made in Chicago. He’d be insane to leave, which is exactly why I’d put $ towards his statue in. Uf fall if he attempted against all odds to win it all here for his hometown.

    • blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM


  2. laxman1944 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Can’t pay two studs all the money………..see Pitt.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Ah, but there is a big difference between Chicago and Pittsburgh – the two can make a lot more in endorsements and appearances in Chicago.

      • steverolley - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Pretty sure Crosby does Ok with the endorsements

      • c9castine - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        i get your point i dont think its relevant though…

        yeah see pitt, the team with such high standards a crappy ECF finals sweep and 2nd round loss get GMs and coaches fired

        yeah, see pitt. the team that has done better than 25 others for the last 10 seasons.

  3. jpat2424 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Yes the can and yes they will ^

  4. tfilarski - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM


  5. greej1938l - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I can’t see them both staying when they both could attract ovechkin sized contracts.

    • hawksin5 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      if its an ovechkin sized contract that they both want, then that is what they will get. if they command that, it may cost them ever having a cup in chicago again, and i hope its not the case. I’m sure they both realize how amazing they have it here in Chicago, and will do everything in their power to stay. that being said, ill tell you right now, if the hawks lose just one of them, it is over. they will be resigned NO MATTER the price.

  6. esracerx46 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I’d worry more about Kane than Toews when it comes to bolting. Not necessarily this time around, but next time.

  7. esracerx46 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    FWIW, if you took the 6.3 figure they had been making and applied that percentage to the 2014 salary cap. Their salaries would inflate to just under 8million. If you get both for million per, I think the Hawks would be tickled.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      And the question is, what will the 2015 cap be?

  8. picard25 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Toews will play out his contract and come to winnipeg where he belongs. They will pay Him more than Chicago or any team will. He’s just saying all the right things right now. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      I could post a music vid link like the Blom dude, or I could just link te thought with words.

      Are you perhaps te “King of Wishful Thinking”?

      • blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:39 AM


  9. pone27 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    All these guys who are thinking Toews and Kane are going to take larger contracts to return to their home towns is well, comical.

    Buffalo sucks guys, sorry. Kaner is not going to leave Chicago to go back home to Buffalo to suck. Top players at their ages want to make money AND win. These guys aren’t 30 years old, they are in their early to mid 20s. They both play on arguably the best team in the NHL. And you think they will take an extra mil to go suck somewhere?

    Wishful thinking, but they will take home discounts (though their salaries will still be large)

    -signed, a Blackhawks fan in prayer

  10. comeonnowguys - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Aside from the Bears, Toews and Kane own the third largest American market, the biggest without two competing NHL teams. Something to be said for that. They pass the Hull and Mikita statues knowing there will be two for them someday.

  11. djshnooks - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Buffalo sucks?

    Just another short-sighted comment.

    Buffalo is his home. He likes the city as much as the city he’s playing in now.

    But the thing you fail to realize is…Chicago cannot afford to hand him AND another superstar BLANK checks NEXT summer to come join…Reinhart, McDavid, Zadorov, Ristolainen…and 9 other 1st round picks.

    He would instantly make the team who owns the NHL’s #1 prospect pool right now, and 4 first and 4 second round picks this year and next…they’d be easily the most talented team in the league, hands down.

    $10+ million to join McDavid and Reinhart…possibly Drasaitl AND Eichel as well? He’d be out of his damn mind.

    And yes, there’s a very slim chance Buffalo ends up with two top-3 picks this year, and two more next year. They are setup better than any other team has ever been…you can go look at the info-graphic yourself.

    You’re all going to be very surprised when Buffalo doesn’t “suck,” and players are wanting to be a part of what Pegula, the richest owner in hockey, is building there.

    You’re move, Tim Murray.

  12. djshnooks - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    And as for media markets, really???

    BUFFALO was the 2nd or 3rd rated market for the Stanley Cup playoffs…AND OUR TEAM WAS DEAD LAST IN THE NHL!!!

    Don’t tell me about Chicago’s market…where was that market in the rankings for the tv ratings??? Well, they were BEHIND Buffalo, that’s where.

    This is what I mean…people talk crap and have no clue what they’re saying here.

    “Buffalo sucks and has a small market.”

    Well, Buffalo is rebuilding and still ranked next to LA and NYC in television ratings…ahead of Chicago and Minnesota and Colorado and all those “big” markets.

    Do your homework.

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:02 AM

      People are dumb dude. they don’t realize 1. Buffalo has all of its fan base from the “Dominator” years and 2. ITS IN NY!!!! of course they are going to have a large fan base. Its in North Eastern America!. I bet there are people wearing Sabres jersies that have never watched a game of hockey before. But Buffalo always had a Decent to good team. They are rebuilding. I mean they brewed Miller! (Not the beer for any of you dumb asses out there)

  13. pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    Duhhh…. Chicago would be dumb to get rid of either of these guys and to be honest i think the biggest mistake Joel Quinville made this season was putting Kane and Toews on two separate lines. That was dumb. He did it most of the season then when they were on the brink of elimination he puts them back together and it worked (for Kane and Toews) but then his other lines were all messed up. Keep Toews and Kaner together and Keep sharp and Hossa together. Get kessler, stastny or someone of that stature for your second line center and this team will be popping cup wins like all these 16 year olds having kids… but who am I? I am just some asshole sitting behind a computer screen that knows nothing about hockey.

    Post your negative and dumb replies below. Thanks

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