Chicago Blackhawks’ Toews And Kane Contracts: Past, Present And Future

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Kane
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Two years into Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane’s mega-deals, we look to see how much these two deals impact the Chicago Blackhawks and what the team needs from the rest of the roster in order to succeed and contend for another Stanley Cup

The Chicago Blackhawks have had two full seasons since they won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons. Since the last celebration and parade, a lot has changed on the roster and around the league. And one of the biggest changes comes from players who never left at all: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Starting in the 2015-16 season, Toews and Kane’s mega-deals went into effect and have accounted for $21 million of the Blackhawks’ salary cap space. There is no doubt that both players were underpaid while they were finishing off the Tampa Bay Lighting in June of 2015, but the major jump in salary has certainly had an impact on the team.

I talked last week about how Brent Seabrook’s large contract was troubling as he isn’t playing up to the contract’s worth, but I am not here to discuss if generational talents like Kane and Toews are worth the money they are receiving.

Very simply, I just want to look at how the contracts affect the Blackhawks’ budget, what it will take for the Blackhawks to overcome the large contracts they have received and what they require from the rest of the roster with so much money tied up in their top two players.