If they had not yet grown accustomed to the talents of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks can now look forward to seeing the pair in white, red, and black for a long time to come.
The duo signed matching 8-yr/$84 million contract extensions on Wednesday, contracts which will not expire until the end of the 2022 season.
Each with just a year remaining on their current contracts, after agreeing to matching five-year extensions in 2009, Kane and Toews will continue to be the center pieces of a franchise that has won two Stanley Cups since 2010.
Toews, 26, finished the 2013-2014 season with 28 goals and 68 points and had the second-highest plus-minus rating on the ‘Hawks at plus-26. He has scored at least 20 goals in all seven seasons since arriving in the NHL in 2007. The third overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft, Toews was a member of the gold-medal winning Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team in 2010 and that same year was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the NHL playoffs.
Kane, 25, was the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. In 2013-2014, he tallied 69 points in 69 games in the regular season, second-most on the team behind only Patrick Sharp, and had 20 points in the playoffs. Kane won the Conn Smythe as MVP of the NHL playoffs in 2012-2013 when the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins to win their second Stanley Cup in four years. He claimed a silver medal in the 2010 Olympics as a member of the United States team.