On Wednesday the Blackhawks announced eight-year contracts with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The deals will carry matching $10.5M cap hits.
The contracts will begin with the 2015-16 season, and will be the highest cap hits in the NHL.
When Toews and Kane arrived as teenagers, the Blackhawks couldn’t fill the building and hadn’t sniffed the postseason in almost a full decade. A few short years later, both players have a Conn Smythe on their resume and the Blackhawks are one of the premiere franchises in hockey.
It is because the Blackhawks selected Toews and Kane in consecutive drafts that they are a force in the league, and they deserve every penny of these contracts.