How will Toews, Kane affect Blackhawks' offseason?

How will Toews, Kane affect Blackhawks' offseason?
June 12, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Stan Bowman has made it known just how much he intends to re-sign Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, even using the term "Blackhawks for life" in the past.

But when will the re-signings come, and — perhaps more interestingly — how might they affect the rest of the Blackhawks' offseason?

The SportsTalk Live panel took a look at the topic on Thursday, wondering if big money for Toews and Kane might squeeze out some of the other Blackhawks stars.

"The higher that number goes up, the more moves the Blackhawks are going to have to make down the line and the more challenges Stan Bowman's going to have filling out that roster, how much better they're going to have to draft," 87 7 The Game's Mark Carman said.

"We'd have to see that rearranging of all those players just like we did after they won the 2010 Stanley Cup, which would be tough," the Sun-Times' Rick Telander said. "But you can't lose Kane and Toews. You cannot lose them."

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And who are the untouchable players Bowman recently alluded to? Could Patrick Sharp be moved? Brent Seabrook?

"I'm sure they would trade Patrick Sharp," the Sherman Report's Ed Sherman said. "Patrick Sharp could be a guy who is a victim, a guy that they might have to get rid of if they do this kind of a contract (for Kane and Toews)."

To see the full discussion, check out the video above.