After the Blackhawks made a number of offseason signings, questions remained about how the team who retain both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in 2014.
Two weeks ago, general manager Stan Bowman said both players would be staying in Chicago "no matter what," and Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz echoed his statement on Thursday in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
“I do [think we can], because you always can work the budgets accordingly,” Wirtz said about keeping Nos. 19 and 88 for life.
“I don’t see any reason they can’t be. We know we have a hard cap (and) we know we can work it.”
After losing Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and a number of others following their 2010 Stanley Cup victory, the Blackhawks are confident they can find a way in the salary cap era to keep today's key players in the Windy City for years to come.
“We’re not going to do what we did in 2010: Wake up the next day and say you have to trade or move half your team,” Wirtz explained. “That’s not going to happen.
“That was something we did once and it’s something we’re not going to do again.”