Feb 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defensemanDuncan Keith
(left) and centerJonathan Toews
(middle) and right wingPatrick Kane
(right) talk during the overtime period against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center. The Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman announced on Friday that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will be Blackhawks forever. Bowman went onto say that the money they are spending is a “non-issue” in regards to signing Kane and Toews. As stated in a previous article by Blackhawkup.com, we knew that Bowman would not financially compromise the signing of Kane and Toews by signing other players. Bowman went onto to say that “I can’t figure out what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you that Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team (Nhlblackhawks.com)”. Bowman has a plan and he is sticking to it. He also knew people who be questioning his plan when he signed Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarrson. That is why he made the statement about Kane and Toews being Blackhawks forever.
Bowman knows the importance of Kane and Toews and how vital they are to the present and future of the Blackhawks. Bowman stated “they will be here no matter what (Nhlblackhawks.com)”. The speculation is that Kane and Toews will get the same deal like before. Kane and Toews will probably for be signed to 5 or 6 years deal at 7.5 million a year. Bowman did make the future signing of Kane and Toews interesting. He used the word “forever”.
Let’s analyze the “forever” statement. Forever as defined by Merriam-webster.com is for a “limitless time”. Bowman will keep signing Kane and Toews to long term deals for big money if their production stays at a high level. Their production should not waiver for the next 5 years at least. By using the word forever Bowman essentially set the Blackhawks organization for some potential media spin in the future. If there production waivers, look for the Blackhawks to part ways with their beloved stars. It is the sad part of the business. If they part ways with Kane and Toews at point during their playing careers, the media will be all over the Blackhawks organization.
Let’s not look an ugly potential future but instead look at the bright future of the Blackhawks with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the picture.