The Chicago Blackhawks signed cornerstones Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to identical contracts today. These deals will keep the Blackhawks’ duo in Chicago until 2022-23 and will pay them $84 million over eight years. Kane and Toews easily could have gotten more in free agency, which is why the Hawks wanted to get this deal done before their previous contracts expired next season. They both have the same agent and were signed in 2010 to identical contracts, which were set to expire next season. This deal for eight seasons will keep the Hawks in contention for years to come.
Captain Serious and Showtime playing together for the next eight seasons is music to Blackhawks fans’ ears. After two Stanley Cups in five seasons, it was expected that the two stars would be getting what they are actually worth. In 2010, the duo signed identical five-year contracts worth $6.5 million annually, well below their value. Originally, the two forwards asked for $12 million per season, which scared many fans. Their deals for $10.5 million annually are steals, and exactly what the Blackhawks wanted.
Over the last four seasons, Kane and Toews have been the best duo in the NHL. Even the likes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have not experienced the success Kane and Toews have. The Blackhawks were never going to let Kane or Toews leave Chicago. With one year left on their five-year contracts, the Hawks had some time to put the deals together. Rather than waiting, they proved loyal to their stars and got the deal done quickly, and really, without any struggles.
Kane and Toews never wanted to leave Chicago, and it was only a matter of time before the two franchise players got their payday. The Hawks will continue to contend for Stanley Cups and run at “dynasty” status as long as these two are at the helm. It appears Kane and Toews will be Blackhawks for life, and as a fan, I could not imagine it any other way.