Hitchcock: ‘we’re Not That Far Away’ : Sports

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But there’s probably eight or nine teams that feel like, ‘Man, we’ve got ourselves a fighting chance.'” Question: What was your reaction to the Blues’ signing of Paul Stastny to a four-year, $28 million contract? Ken Hitchcock: “It was really good news for us as coaches. But it was a combination of (Joakim) Lindstrom, (Jori) Lehtera and Paul. These are three point-producing players who really enhance our hockey club. All three are capable of playing top-six roles. Paul is a real good fit for us with the way he plays and the way we play. Lehtera is a real good fit, and we feel like Lindstrom has really improved his game. He has a number of good friends on the hockey club and he’s going to be given a real chance to play in the top nine and see where it goes. It gives us the competitive depth to keep up with what’s going on in the West.” Question: How do you anticipate using the goaltending tandem of Brian Elliott and Jake Allen? Ken Hitchcock: “Well, this is Brian Elliott’s job. source: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/c726cca3-8fd3-552f-8362-e2b302cb7d4e.html

Blackhawks lock up Toews, Kane – Yahoo Sports

The deals will keep the two in Chicago through 2022-23. The average annual value of the contracts for Toews and Kane is$10.5 million, according to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger. That would makethem the two highest-paid players in the NHL (per average annual value) and would bring the total value of their contracts to $84 million. When we started our journey, we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization, Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago. We are excited for our future and proud that they will continue to be a part of that commitment and success for years to come. The duo entered the NHL together in 2007-08, and the Blackhawks have had remarkable successwith them as cornerstones. Chicago has won the Stanley Cup twice and advanced to the Western Conference Finals four times since 2010. Kane, 25, and Toews, 26, signed identical five-year deals worth $31.5 million midway through the 2009-10 season. The had one year left on their deals when their new contracts were announced today. 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. A center who is considered by some as the NHLs best all-around player, Toews has recorded 440 points in 484 regular-season games with the Blackhawks in his career. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/09/kane-toews-sign-8-year-extensions/

Cory Schneider will break bank with new NJ Devils contract | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Schneider, 28, would be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Its a work in progress and were getting closer and closer, Lamoriello said. Hopefully, well have that done in the very near future. Lamoriello said heading into the off-season that signing Schneider to an extension was a priority and hes been working on it with Schneiders agent, Mike Liut, for several weeks. Schneider was not officially allowed to sign an extension until July 1, which has now passed. So what is this contract going to look like? The cap hit Ive heard is $6 million per season. The term Ive heard is seven years. That puts Schneiders contract in the range of Corey Crawford, who got six years at $6 million annually from the Chicago Blackhawks after his Stanley Cup victory. The annual cap hit of $6 million is what Ryan Miller just received from the Vancouver Canucks to solve their goaltending issues, for you lovers of irony. Schneider is on the last year of a 3-year, $12-million contract he signed with Vancouver. The leverage that time was the threat of an offer sheet from someone like the Toronto Maple Leafs. The threat this time is the cornerstone of the Devils foundation for the future leaving via free agency. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/cory-schneider-break-bank-with-new-nj-devils-contract-180636525.html

Kane, Toews Sign 8-Year Extensions With Blackhawks « CBS Chicago

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Kane was also selected as an NHL First-Team All-Star in 2010 and named to the All-Rookie Team in 2008. The Buffalo, N.Y., native has registered 493 points (178 goals, 315 assists) in 515 career regular-season games with Chicago dating back to 2007-08. He ranks 12th in team history in assists, is 15th in points and 21st in goals. He also ranks 11th in franchise history with 30 game-winning goals. Kane has posted 91 points (37 goals, 54 assists) in 93 career Stanley Cup playoff games with Chicago, ranking fifth in team history in playoff points and goals, and sixth in assists. He shares second in Blackhawks history with two playoff hat tricks and is third with seven postseason game-winning tallies. Kane has represented the United States in two Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 2010 Games in Vancouver. He also appeared for the U.S. in the 2008 World Championships and won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships. “When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-lock-toews-kane-174023228–nhl.html

 

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