|Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (Charles Krupa/The Associated Press)|
Hard work pays off. Literally.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have agreed to 8-year, $84 million contract extensions to remain in Chicago through the 2022-2023 season. The two superstars will make an average of $10.5 million per season and each have a no-movement clause.
These signings come to a surprise to absolutely nobody. Kane and Toews are the face of the franchise in Chicago, and as long as they remain there, the team will continue to contend for the Cup. Kane, 25, and Toews, 26, have already won two Cups in Chicago (still trying to forget about the second one) and make long runs in the playoffs year after year. They are both impressive in the regular season, but take their games to another level in the playoffs. They are big-game players, no doubt about it. Their contracts will take up around 30% of the Blackhawks' salary, but they are worth it.
At just 20-years-old, Toews became the youngest captain in Blackhawks history, leading by example with his dominant two-way style of play. His intense personality led to the nickname "Captain Serious", and while some may question his personality, no one questions his play on the ice. Toews has racked up 440 points in 484 career regular season games, and 81 points in 94 career playoff games, while also staying responsible defensively. He is a Conn Smythe Trophy winner and a three-time Selke Trophy nominee, winning it in 2013 as the league's best defensive forward.
Kane is a much more flashy player than Toews. He is known for his highlight reel goals and enthusiastic celebrations. He is smaller than your average NHL player, but makes up for it with insane speed and arguably the best set of hands in the entire league. Kane has accumulated 493 points in 515 career regular season games, and 91 points in 93 career playoff games. He won the Calder Trophy in 2008 as the league's top rookie, scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2010, and was named Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2013.
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