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Blackhawks sign Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to massive matching extensions

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Chicago Blackhawks fans can rest easy, franchise cornerstones Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are in it for the long haul.

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they had come to terms on eight-year contract extensions for both Kane and Toews. Although financial details were not released, the contracts are reportedly worth $10.5 million per season each.

“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. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane,” said Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz. “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.”

The new contracts will kick in for the 2015-2016 season, and barring any further deals, will make Kane and Toews the highest paid players in the NHL. Like they did on the 5-year $31.5 contracts they will be playing on next season, Toews and Kane negotiated the deals together; signing identical contracts. The duo broke into the league together in 2007; and were both integral parts of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup Championships in 2010 and 2013.

The youngest captain to ever lift the Stanley Cup, the 26-year-old Toews is coming off a season that again saw him nominated for the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward (an award he won in 2013). In 76 games last season, Toews had 28 goals and 68 points, adding 17 points in 19 playoff games. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2010. He has also won two consecutive Olympic gold medals representing Canada.

“I could not be more grateful for the amazing moments and opportunities I've been given by the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Toews. “There's no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players. To have the chance to continue with this amazing group of teammates and people throughout the organization is an incredible honor.”

The 25-year-old Kane was taken by the Blackhawks first overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He has become the offe3nsive catalyst to the Hawks. Kane scored the goal to clinch the 2010 Stanley Cup, and was awarded the Conn Smythe in 2013. In 69 games last season, Kane scored 29 goals and 69 points. He added 20 points in 19 playoff games. He has represented the United States at two straight Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2010.

"It's great to be able to continue my career in Chicago. Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing,” said Kane. “Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks."

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