Former UND star Jonathan Toews is not a free agent this summer. But the Chicago Blackhawks want to make sure that he doesn’t become one a year from now.
Chicago general manager Stan Bowman says he is negotiating with Pat Brisson, the agent for both Toews and Patrick Kane with hopes of signing both players longterm in the near future.
The big question: How much will Toews and Kane get from the Blackhawks?
They signed identical five-year, $31.5 million deals in 2010 and both are set to expire next season. They will be unrestricted free agents if nothing gets done. But all signs point to something happening.
It wouldn’t be surprising if they both sign identical deals again — something that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter did with the Minnesota Wild.
Speculation is that Toews and Kane could become among the NHL’s highest-paid players ever. But at the same time, they probably don’t want to handcuff the Blackhawks from putting quality players around them.
So, what do you think Toews will get?