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NHL’s big new extensions reinforce Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews aren’t the Blackhawks’ problem

NHL’s big new extensions reinforce Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews aren’t the Blackhawks’ problem

Whatever ails the Hawks’ salary cap, Kane and Toews are not to blame. The Chicago Blackhawks are in an eternal cap crunch of sorts. In 2015, the team had to dump Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad. In 2016, it was Teuvo Teravainen to get rid of Bryan Bickell. This year, they lost Trevor van Riemsdyk, Scott Darling, and Marcus Kruger while making trades to increase cost certainty. These problems are often put at the feet of the Blackhawks’ most expensive players, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, they’ve each earned $10.5 million a year. That’s the...

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