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The Blackhawks have been trying to get both super stars locked up, but there was talk of a Salary Cap problem; it seems that those rumors were all smoke and mirrors. The new deal will keep both Kane and Toews in a Blackhawks jersey until t he end of the 2022-2023 season. Cap Geek has the Blackhawks over next seasons cap by -$-$2,216,795, and the Chicago Blackhawks are projected to have just over $3,242,372 for the 2015-2016 season. It seems that there will still need to be moves make in Chicago.
This is the second time both players went into a negotiation as a united pair. “Both players agreed to identical five-year, $31.5 million extensions. The deals were due to expire after the 2014-15 season. [ESPN ]
Kane, 25, and Toews, 26, were both top-five draft picks by the Blackhawks and began their NHL careers in 2007. They have won two Stanley Cups together, been to six consecutive playoffs and reached four Western Conference finals. [ESPN]
Unless something drastically changes it seems that both players are looking at this as once a member of the Blackhawks always a member of the Blackhawks, at least for the foreseeable future. With both Kane and Toews lock up for the long term the Blackhawks have ensured that they will remain among the NHL’s elite for years to come. With that being said once we start getting to the 2019-2020 season I wouldn’t be shock to see one or both of these players moved.