(NEW YORK) — If the Chicago Blackhawks hope to win another Stanley Cup in the near future, they know they’ll need Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to stick around, which is exactly what the team plans on happening.
Both Kane and Toews are among the best players on the team, and both still very young.
But both are unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Both players will earn lucrative contracts, but the team plans to keep both of them long term.
“I can’t predict what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the team’s website. “Those two players put the Blackhawks on the map. They’re up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we’ll figure out the details. The notion that the money we’re spending now will affect our ability to keep Jonathan and Kane … it’s a non-issue. They will be here no matter what.”
The 25-year old Toews tallied 48 points in 47 regular season games while Kane, just 24, had 55 points in 47 regular season games as well.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN