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Chicago Blackhawks: Is Ryan Hartman A Future Captain?

By Mario Tirabassi
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Legacy – Patrick Kane 

Speaking of players who will have their numbers in the rafters, Patrick Kane may or may not play with the Blackhawks longer than Jonathan Toews. It’s a simple fact that Toews and Kane are on pace to play the same amount of time with the Blackhawks with the same amount of playoff runs and Olympic tournaments.

It will be a lot of hockey played for another guy who will be 35 and have played 16 NHL seasons once his current contract is up in 2023.

Both players could get extensions between now and then or one could decide to hang up the skates earlier than the other. If Toews’ time with Chicago ends before Kane’s time does, the other face of the franchise could see himself becoming what I am calling a ‘Legacy Captain.’ Meaning, if Kane plays longer than Toews, his legacy will be honored and cemented with being named Captain of the Blackhawks.

While the most highly unlikely option, it would be a fitting way for Kane to finish his time with Chicago.

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