Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday he isn't worried about the price tag associated with re-signing Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to contract extensions. Kane and Toews asked for a reported $12 million each per season when negotiations recently began between Bowman and their agent Pat Brisson. A source told ESPN NHL Insider Craig Custance that Kane and Toews will negotiate their contracts to insure the Blackhawks can afford other quality players and be a Stanley Cup contender for the future. "We're not looking at the number or whether it's above or below a certain point," Bowman said at the NHL draft on Saturday. "We're just looking to continue to have two of the best players in the world on our team. I think that's the one thing you can't lose sight of. "I look at it as an incredible thing. We got these two great players who are going to be in Chicago. Regardless of what the [salary] number is, there's 29 other teams that would be happy to be in our spot where they've got two star players. They've accomplished a lot already, and they're in their mid-20s. It's a great position. We're fortunate more than anything to have both of them on our team." Bowman continued to be confident the Blackhawks would sign both players and hoped to do so as early as July 1, the first day they're eligible to sign new contracts. Their current contracts expire after the 2014-15 season.
Hawks GM: Not worried about price
ESPN | Jun 28