Will Patrick Kane Break The 30-goal Mark In The 2014-15 Nhl Season? | Bleacher Report

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The signature on Kane’s career at this point is his ability to come up with big goals at the most important moments. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime of Game 6 in 2010. That goal gave the Blackhawks their first league title since 1961. In their championship run in 2013, Kane scored the overtime goal in Game 6 that eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final when he took a pass from Toews and blistered a shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. In the pivotal Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins , Kane scored two magical goals that highlighted his remarkable hand-eye coordination as the Blackhawks won the game and took a 3-2 lead in the series. In this year’s playoffs, he scored eight goals and 12 assists in 19 games to lead the Blackhawks , and his spectacular “Showtime” goal against the Minnesota Wild was just another indication of Kane’s remarkable skill level. Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press But for all of Kane’s success, and for all of the angst he causes opposing coaches and defensemen, he has never been among the league’s scoring leaders. Players who can come up with huge plays at key moments clearly have dominating ability, but Kane has never scored more than 30 goals or 88 points in any season. Kane’s high-water mark came in 2009-10, the year the Blackhawks won their first title in the Kane-Toews era. That’s the year he scored his 30 goals and 88 points. Kane scored 27 goals the following year, and he had 29 goals last season. He does not belong in the same category as Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin or Corey Perry when it comes to scoring goals in the regular season. One of the reasons for that may have been that the Blackhawks have not been able to pair him with a center who could take advantage of Kane’s remarkable talent and set him up with scoring opportunities on a consistent basis. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2125394-will-patrick-kane-break-the-30-goal-mark-in-the-2014-15-nhl-season

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With a $64.3 million cap in 2013-14, Perry and Getzlaf accounted for 26.2 percent of the team’s cap room. Sidney Crosby and Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins will have a combined cap hit of $18.2 million next season, which is 26.3 percent of the team’s cap room. Toews and Kane cost a little bit more than their counterparts, something that probably has a lot to do with winning two Stanley Cups in four years. But with two $10.5 million cap hits beginning in 2015-16, will the Blackhawks be able to contend for more championships? The short answer is yes, but it will require some shuffling and cap management in the short term. The Blackhawks are currently about $2 million over the cap for this upcoming season and have $65 million in contracts for 15 players for the 2015-16 season. They will have several key RFAs in Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy and Marcus Kruger and UFAs in Johnny Oduya and Brad Richards, although the latter is likely not in the team’s plans beyond 2014-15. Someone has to go, and the most likely player to have a new address will be Patrick Sharp. The 32-year-old has three straight 30-goal seasons (lockout year not included) but also three years and a $5.9 million cap hit remaining on his contract. He has value and a cap hit that’s only $400,000 greater than that of Bolland with the Panthers , so there will be a team willing to take him. Are the contracts of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews fair? source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2124360-patrick-kane-and-jonathan-toews-contracts-keep-chicago-in-line-for-dynasty-run

Sports digest: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane get long-term extensions from Chicago Blackhawks – San Jose Mercury News

Schneider was due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. More NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year deals with high-scoring forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Each contract is worth $84 million, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the contract numbers. RPI Hall of Fame: The RPI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will include Jennifer Dias (Tulloch) ’07 (track and field), Paris Moore ’05 (basketball), Brian Pothier ’00 (hockey) and Bob Conway, a longtime academic adviser at the college. The Class of 2014 will be inducted at a banquet to be held during Reunion & Homecoming Weekend Oct. 9-12. They will be joined by former ice hockey standout Rosina Schiff ’06, who was elected last year but deferred her induction while attending medical school. Anyone interested in attending the ceremonies, including former teammates, can contact Leslie DeLano at (518) 276-6182 or khachl@rpi.edu . Burden benefit: A dinner to benefit former college All-American and NBA player Luther (Ticky) Burden of Albany, who is fighting a life-threatening illness, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Albany High School. Burden, 61, suffers from primary amyloidosis, a disorder in which abnormal proteins build up in tissues and organs. He is undergoing treatment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. source: http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Noteworthy-5610290.php

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews Contracts Keep Blackhawks in Line for Dynasty | Bleacher Report

Both are represented by Pat Brisson. Anaheim signed left wing Dany Heatley to a one-year, $1 million deal, returning the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to the Pacific Division. He spent last season with Minnesota. He played for the Sharks from 2009-11, compiling 65 goals and 81 assists in 162 games. New Jersey signed goalie Cory Schneider to a seven year, $42 million contract extension. Schneider, 28, was acquired by the Devils from Vancouver in June 2013. He was 16-15-12 last season with a 1.97 goals-against average, third best in the NHL. Colleges NCAA president Mark Emmert told a Senate committee he supports “scholarships for life” and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) told him: “I can’t tell whether you’re in charge or whether you’re a minion.” Emmert faced a skeptical Senate Commerce Committee and said he feels college sports “works extremely well for the vast majority” and that the overall current model of amateurism should be preserved. He reiterated schools themselves are in charge of the rules and emphasized the challenge of creating a consensus among college presidents, coaches and athletic directors. The hearing came as the NCAA faces pressure from multiple fronts to reform how athletes are treated and compensated. source: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_26121846/sports-digest-jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-get-long?source=rss

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane get 8-year extensions from Blackhawks – Washington Times

If he was a small piece to a larger puzzle, Ott could help a team go rather far in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ott is particularly valuable on the power play as a force on special teams. Look for him to score double-digit goals and serve as a productive player wherever he lands. Chris Butler Matt York/Associated Press Andy Strickland of the Big 550 KTRS and CBS Sports Radio St. Louis provided an update on the status of Chris Butler: Handful of teams still talking to free agent Dman Chris Butler….Calgary #Flames haven’t fully closed the door on bringing him back #NHL Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 7, 2014 Its not particularly surprising that a number of teams have at least showed some interest in Butler. He is a tested veteran who has played in hundreds of games and recently was fairly productive for the Calgary Flames. Experienced defensemen simply find a spot in the NHL more often than not. Tom Mihalek/Associated Press Much like Ott, Butler isnt going to be a superstar, but he can serve as a solid role player who could eat up valuable minutes as a defensive enforcer. He isnt going to score a lot of goals, but he can certainly help a contender prevent some. Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Josh Rimer of Sportsnet.ca provided an update on goalkeeper Nikolai Khabibulin: Hearing that Maple Leafs have some interest in signing Nikolai Khabibulin to back up Bernier. It may not happen but told there’s interest. Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) July 4, 2014 Over the years, Khabibulin has been a productive goalie for the likes of the Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning and even the Winnipeg Jets, but he is now 41 years old and looked at as primarily a backup in the league. To make matters worse for his future, Khabibulin dealt with a torn rotator cuff this past season. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2122354-nhl-free-agency-2014-latest-rumors-surrounding-unsigned-talent

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The 25-year-old Kane put on another impressive display in this years postseason, almost bringing Chicago back from a 3-1 deficit against Los Angeles. He had two goals and eight assists in the final four games of the series against the Kings. The $168 million worth of extensions for Toews and Kane mean the Blackhawks have much of their core group locked up through the 2016-17 season. Bowman could face some sticky situations with the salary cap in the coming years, but his team should be a Stanley Cup contender for a while. The signings of Jonathan and Patrick symbolize an important milestone in franchise history, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said. We are driven by the pursuit of consistent excellence and today is a huge step forward. The 26-year-old Toews has at least 23 goals and 25 assists in each of his seven NHL seasons. He set career highs with 32 goals and 44 assists in the 2010-11 season. Kane averages 25 goals and 45 assists per year. He had a career-high 30 goals and 58 assists for the 2009-10 campaign. More important for Chicago , each player has been at his best in the postseason. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/9/jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-get-8-year-extensions-/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

 

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