PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has been consistent in his message about re-signing forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to contract extensions, and that didn’t change Friday.
Bowman said again Friday the Blackhawks would definitely re-sign Kane and Toews, and he hoped to have their long-term deals done by early as July 1, the first day they’re able to sign new contracts
“Well, yeah, [we hope to have it done by July 1,]” Bowman said on the first day of the NHL draft Friday. “The discussions are ongoing. I don’t want to get into that. We’re definitely going to get them re-signed. It’s a process you go through. It’s been a great process. Like I said, I got a lot of respect for [their agent] Pat Brisson. He’s the top agent in the game, and we’re working on it.”
Kane and Toews agreed to identical five-year contract extensions in 2009. Those contracts will expire after the 2014-15 season.
Kane and Toews reportedly asked for $12 million each per season when negotiations recently began, but a source told ESPN’s Craig Custance the two players aren’t looking to diminish the Blackhawks’ future Stanley Cup hopes by asking for astronomical figures.
“They always want to win,” the source told Custance.
Kane and Toews were both top-5 draft picks by the Blackhawks and began their careers as rookies in 2007. They have won two Stanley Cups together, been to six consecutive playoffs and reached four Western Conference finals. Kane has 178 goals and 315 assists in 515 career regular-season games, and Toews has 195 goals and 245 assists in 484 career games.
Both players have expressed a desire to remain with the Blackhawks.
"Who could ever think of a better situation to be in?" Toews said June 3. "I think back to the day that I was drafted. I had absolutely no idea all this would be in store for me in my short career so far. I've been so fortunate to be a part of an unbelievable group of guys; the majority of our team has been together since I've been here. And just to see the growth of this franchise and the city of Chicago and the amazing fans that we have here. There's no doubt in my mind there's no better way to have it, I guess, as a hockey player.”
Kane has delivered a similar message in the past.
“I know that we both love it here in Chicago, and we love playing here and having the chance to win every year,” Kane said June 3.