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Big money: Toews, Kane sign eight-year, $84 million extensions

Jul 9, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

The contracts the hockey world has been waiting for have been agreed upon — the Chicago Blackhawks have come to terms with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on eight-year extensions.

The deals reportedly come with a cap hit of $10.5 million each, making them the highest cap hits in the NHL. Toews is 26; Kane is 25. The contracts run through the 2022-23 season.

“When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization,” said club chairman Rocky Wirtz in a statement. “There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago. We are excited for our future and proud that they will continue to be a part of that commitment and success for years to come.”

A formal press conference announcing the deals will be held at the United Center next week.

Top cap hits after Toews and Kane, per CapGeek:

Alex Ovechkin $9,538,462
Evgeni Malkin $9,500,000
Sidney Crosby $8,700,000
Corey Perry $8,625,000
Henrik Lundqvist $8,625,000
Claude Giroux $8,275,000
Eric Staal $8,250,000
Ryan Getzlaf $8,250,000
Phil Kessel $8,000,000
Shea Weber $7,857,143

Related: On Toews, Kane and the $10 million cap hit

171 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. thesportsjudge - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Funny how so many fans are saying “in three years, it won’t look so bad.” Well, what happens IN those three years between now and then?

    • alexbaymac - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      They still win. A LOT. Because the Hawks system is loaded. Yes we will lose some good/great players due to the cap, but we are trading away young players because we have no room for them now, players that are better than many teams are already playing in their top-6/top-pairing roles. Will it be easy? No. Possible, absolutely. And nowhere near as bad as the after-2010 cap purge.

  2. jhuck92 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    They deserve every penny.

  3. jhnyr45 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    The Hawks’ Depth will definitely take a hit in the near future, They have some great young players in line for a payday. In the long run it might become a bargain simply because the cap should go up….But for the forseeable future it does not look too bright come the 2015 and 2016 off-season

  4. hockeyfan117 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Is there a way I can go back to when Dec 3rd 2009 on this website? Toews, Kane and Keith signed extensions and everyone said the same things then. Too much, good luck not signing anyone else,….blah blah blah.

    All the three of them have done is win and appear in the all star game every season, win 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 Selke trophy, 2 Norris Trophies, 2 Conn Symths, appear in 4 WSC, oh and win 2 Stanley cups.

    So anyone that expected them to take less money only needs to look at their resume because Toews and Kane earned it! By the way Seabrook, Sharp and Hossa will all be over 30 next season so this is around the time the Hawks should let them more on. Go Hawks!

  5. adouglass28 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    C’mon Toews and Kane you couldn’t give the home team discount? Now the Blackhawks are talking about trading Johnny Oudya to free up cap space which is a huge mistake. Rozsival, Handzus, and Versteeg should go.

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