5 Reasons Why Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Extensions Are Great for Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane: 5 Reasons Why Extensions Are Great Deals

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be members of the Chicago Blackhawks for at least the next eight years after signing identical contracts for $84 million. The $10.5 yearly cap hit that each deal entails (a combined 21 million each year) has some questioning if these signings were a good decision by Chicago, but such doubts are unfounded. Here are 5 reasons why the Kane and Toews extensions are great for the Blackhawks.

5. Room for a Brandon Saad Bridge Contract

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5. Room for a Brandon Saad Bridge Contract

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Toews and Kane's deals will make a dent on the salary cap, but there will be enough room left over after next season to sign Brandon Saad — who is almost as big a part of the team's future as those two — to a bridge contract in the neighborhood of $4 million.

4. The Contracts Are Affordable

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4. The Contracts Are Affordable

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The cap ceiling will be somewhere around $75 million — easily the highest it's ever been — when Toews and Kane's extensions kick in. If hockey fans find these contracts to be prohibitively expensive, they are yet to catch up to the times; these deals are simply the markers of a powerful and profitable business landscape. Relative valuation of players changes every single year, and people must adjust their expectations as such.

3. Toews and Kane Show Up in Big Moments

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3. Toews and Kane Show Up in Big Moments

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Locking up Toews and Kane for the next eight years guarantees that Chicago will never be left wanting come playoff time. The duo are two of the league's best and most consistent postseason performers, with each already having a Conn Smythe on his resume. The Blackhawks' predominant goal is to win more Stanley Cups, and Toews and Kane can get that done like very few other players in the world.

2. Faces of a Hockey Revival

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2. Faces of a Hockey Revival

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Largely thanks to the efforts of Bill Wirtz — widely regarded as one of the worst owners in sports history — hockey was dead in Chicago prior to the arrival of Toews and Kane. They are two of the biggest reasons the sport is now alive and well in the Windy City, and the love affair between them and Chicagoland is no secret. It would have been inexcusable to let either of them walk in free agency.

1. They Haven't Reached Their Peaks Yet

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1. They Haven't Reached Their Peaks Yet

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Toews is 26 and Kane is 25. Neither player has reached his peak yet, which has to be a pretty scary thought for other teams. Keeping one of the league's best two-way centers and its second best winger on the roster for close to the next decade would have been a big win even if the two had been signed for $12M each. The sky is the limit for Toews, Kane and the Blackhawks.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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