The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the best teams in the NHL for several seasons. They've won two Cups, and are considered one of the favorites to win it next season. The team is built around the dynamic duo of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. They are two great players in the early stages of their prime, with Toews being one of the best two way centers in the league, and Kane being one of the most electric talents and goal scorers in the NHL. Basically, they are a good choice to build a team around. However, they also don't come cheap, and there had been some talk about the two needing an extension at the some point in the near future, with their matching deals they signed back in 2009 ending after this season. Well, everybody involved can rest easy. Toews and Kane have their new deals.
They are big deals, too. Toews and Kane have gotten matching eight year, $84 million deals. It's like they are the Sedin twins. So now, the faces of the franchise are locked in for Chicago through the 2022-2023 season. The distant future! So, these two didn't come cheap. While come next season their salaries will only be tied for third in salary, they have the biggest cap hit in the league... at least for now. The fact is, future deals will likely end up being higher as the salary cap rises and such. Still, as of next season, Toews and Kane's deals are going to make it a bit trickier for the Blackhawks to build around them. Fortunately, they should remain great players for another handful of seasons.
The Blackhawks are all in now on Toews and Kane. It was inevitable, and it makes sense. Yes, they are pricey, but you have to pay for excellence in situations like this. Nobody can argue that Chicago got a steal, but you also can't argue that they've locked down two fantastic players going forward. Players that should keep them competing for a Cup over the next couple of seasons. The window remains open.