Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are one year away from becoming unrestricted free agents, and extension talks with the Chicago Blackhawks are already under way.
General manager Stan Bowman said previously that he hopes to have both deals completed by July 1, and according to a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie, both players have initially asked for around $12 million per year.
It's believed Kane-Toews initial ask of CHI on extension is around $12M/yr each. They'll end up lower but still could be $10M+ AAV players.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 26, 2014
With the salary cap rising, this shouldn't be cause for any big changes to the Blackhawks' roster. Once Kane and Toews sign their new contracts, the Blackhawks will have 12 players signed for 2015-16. (Note: If Nos. 19 and 88 signed matching $10 million deals, the Blackhawks' payroll would be at $62 million that season, per CapGeek.)
Prior to the 2010-11 campaign, Toews and Kane signed identical five-year, $31.5 million contracts.