Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have agreed to eight-year deals to stay with the Blackhawks, the team announced Wednesday.
The duo, who helped lead the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cup championships, signed identical contracts worth $84 million each, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus reports that the deals, worth $10.5 million per season, make Kane and Toews the largest salary cap hits in NHL history.
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Said Toews: “I could not be more grateful for the amazing moments and opportunities I’ve been given by the Chicago Blackhawks. There’s no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players. To have the chance to continue with this amazing group of teammates and people throughout the organization is an incredible honor. There’s nothing we want more as players than to continue to win Stanley Cups for the best hockey fans on the planet.”
Added Kane: “It’s great to be able to continue my career in Chicago. Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing. Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks.”
A press conference will be held at the United Center next week, but the specifics have not yet been announced.
Kane has 178 career goals and 315 assists in 515 regular-season games. Toews has 195 goals and 245 assists in 484 career regular-season games.
As well as winning two Stanley Cups together, Kane and Toews have been to six consecutive playoffs and four Western Conference finals.
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