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Hawks Headlines: What do Kane and Toews' Extensions Mean?



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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 26: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on while taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we focus quite a bit of attention on the Chicago Blackhawks’ re-signing Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Whether it’s the structure of the contracts, what it means for the team, or what comes next, we have all of the bases covered.

    • We start out with Pierre LeBrun, who has the full breakdown of how Kane and Toews will get paid. $44 million in signing bonuses and $40 million in actual salary. The deals will carry a cap hit of $10.5 million apiece. [ESPN Chicago]
    • So just what do the new deals for Kane and Toews mean for the Blackhawks? Randy Holt takes a look at the particulars. [Puck Drunk Love]
    • How exactly are the Blackhawks going to be able to deal with the salary cap next season? Sam Fels has some examples of what the team can do, and it doesn’t look as dire as some folks have been speculating. [Committed Indian]
    • Needless to say, bringing back Kane and Toews isn’t just a matter of their production for the Blackhawks. It has a lot more to do with what they’ve done for the organization. [CSN Chicago]
    • Okay, enough about the intangibles. Will Kane hit 30 goals next season? [Bleacher Report]
    • Okay, we’ll go back to the intangibles. Steve Rosenbloom takes a stroll down memory lane and discusses whether the advent of Kane and Toews would have been as successful if it had been done under the direction of Bill Wirtz. [Chicago Tribune]
    • Finally, we take a look at one non-Kane and Toews story, examining Michal Handzus’ contributions to the team last season (just a heads-up: our Player Evaluation for Handzus will be coming out shortly). [Second City Hockey]