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Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews on contract extension: “We’re in discussions right now”
LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going to sign massive contract extensions this summer, possibly as early as July 1. That’s basically a given. It’s also highly likely they’ll do so on the same day, as they did in 2009.
“We’ve been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers,” Toews said Monday. “When we came in as rookies, and we’ve just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he’s got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that, as well.”
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier this month that he planned to have the deals done by July 1, the first day the two stars and franchise cornerstones are eligible to sign them. Toews didn’t want to put a timetable on it, saying, “We’re in discussions right now, but as far as I know, nothing is concrete.” Both Toews and Kane are represented by agent Pat Brisson.
“I‘m not going to get into details as far as predicting when it’s going to happen,” Toews said. “Stan probably has a lot on his docket as the manager of our team, so he’s trying to get things done. For us as players, Kaner and I will take it slow and make the right decision. We don’t know what that process is going to entail exactly, but I think everyone knows we love Chicago and we understand how much we’ve been given by the organization and fans. We want to be there for as long as we possibly can be — hopefully our entire careers. That’s the priority right there.”
When asked if he could envision a scenario in which he doesn’t sign an extension this summer, Toews said it was “very doubtful.”