Over the past few days, the Chicago Blackhawks have kept busy by resigning two of their players to new contract extensions. Goaltender Corey Crawford was signed to a six year contract extension, which lasts through the end of the 2019-2020 season. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was signed to a five year contract, lasting through the end of the 2018-2019 season. While these two moves helped lock up most of the Blackhawks' young core, there are still two big names that need to be resigned before the 2015-2016 season.
Jonathan Toews becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-2015 season. He is the Blackhawks captain and the leader of the team. He plays center on the first line and is the team's best two-way player. He is always amongst the best at face off percentage in the league. The 25-year-old from Manitoba, Canada, has turned into one of the best all around players in the NHL.
Toews has been a force ever since joining the Blackhawks. He may not put up 50 goal seasons, but his impact on the ice can definitely be seen. This past offseason, he showed his strength and positioning ability, by being able to out battle Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of the net.
Toews currently makes $6.3 million per season. One has to imagine he is in for a pay raise, but that will depend a lot on the salary cap. Right now the salary cap is set at $64.3 million. By the 2015-2016 season, the cap could go up as far as $75-80 million, or it could stay around the same number.
Patrick Kane, 24, also becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-2015 season. The 5'11 forward may be one of the smallest guys on the ice, but he's often the most noticeable. Kane's speed, stick handling ability, and shot accuracy combine to make him of the most talented offensive players in the NHL.
Kane is an automatic 20 goal scorer and has a knack for passing the puck. He is an explosive offensive talent and teams have to work their game plan around him. He showed his immaturity earlier in his career with regretful off-ice decisions. Since making a few mistakes, he looks to have grown up and realizes he is a role model and leader on the Blackhawks. Not only that, but he is a role model for fans of the team as well.
Like Toews, Kane also makes $6.3 per season and should also be in for a pay raise. He would definitely be offered more money elsewhere, so it would come down to if he wanted to stay in Chicago or not.
With already $36,613,462 million invested in only seven players for the 2015-2016 season, the Blackhawks will need a big jump in the salary cap or they could potentially lose Toews or Kane. If the salary cap doesn't jump, let's hope the two of the them want to continue on their path to build a dynasty in Chicago and take a pay cut to stay with the Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are arguably the two most important players on the Blackhawks roster. They both bring something different but their chemistry and impact is undeniable. Look for Toews and Kane to get offered contract extensions sometime next offseason.
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