Bowman: Toews, Kane Here “Forever”

Denis Savard left.

So did Steve Larmer.

As did Jeremy Roenick, Eddie Belfour, Chris Chelios and Tony Amonte.

Between 1990 and 2005, Blackhawks fans became accustomed to watching their favorite players wearing a different sweater. Future Hall of Famers, All-Stars, and fan favorites left town on a seemingly annual basis.

Role players have come and gone since the “new era” began in Chicago, but Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman confirmed to the Hawks website that the intention of the organization is that the faces of the franchise are here for good.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be here forever,” Bowman told the Hawks’ site on Friday. “I can’t predict what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you that Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team. Those two players put the Blackhawks back on the map, they’re up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we’ll figure out the details. The notion that the money we’re spending now will affect our ability to keep Jonathan and Kane…it’s a non-issue. They will be here no matter what.”

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24 Responses to Bowman: Toews, Kane Here “Forever”

  1. JS says:

    So does this mean he isn’t going to trade Kane for Miller?

  2. A. B. says:

    And Pat Brisson just popped a $1,000 bottle of wine after that proclamation.

  3. Tim G says:

    I see what you did there JS… lol

    Glad to hear bowman come out and say this… granted its what he should say, but sometimes GM’s get cute when they have a mic in their face and say things like “We want them hear, but we will have to see what the future holds” or “Well, they are Hawks now”. Cliches like that aren’t in Bowman’s usual M.O. so i dont expec to hear junk like that, but he seem genuine that Toews and Kane will be the Blackhawks franchise.

    I could go on to say what i think it “COULD” mean to other parts of the franchise, but i will reserve those “crazy accusations” for another day. lol

  4. Peter says:

    The more Bowman goes at it, the more I like and respect him as a GM; not just in the NHL but all of sports. This statement probably takes some of the bargaining power from the Hawks, but he doesn’t care because Bowman respects Toews and Kane and this statement to an extent shows he respects the fan of the Hawks (the ticket price hike doesn’t, but hey we aren’t all angels). I point to some of his trades too as he seems to have a knack of making a move I generally pan that has a strange way of working. Campoli was gotten for basically nothing and probably played the best 2 months of his career before “the giveaway”. Because of that 2 months, Campoli thought he should be paid like a high end D-Man. Bowman said no and let him walk and Campoli was out of the NHL one year later. Leddy was stolen from the Wild. Oduya was had for draft picks and has done an incredible job, especially last season. We were able to trade picks because of some of the depth Bowman has brought to our system. Finally, in the moves department Handzus couldn’t have been a better move last season and was conceiveably the best trade last year as that was the Hawks move and the Hawks won the Cup.

    The free agent deals and extensions probably need more time to be graded officially, but Keith’s contract looks pretty good as does the Hammer extension. Rozival was an excellent signing as was Emery’s two year deal a couple of offseasons ago. Some of Bowman’s moves will not pan out, but I think we have a pretty good GM in Chicago.

  5. Cam says:

    Fantastic news from the front office! These cap-friendly extensions look great.

    Also, I wanted to say thanks to the community here and Tab for the coverage. The Hawks posted this news story to Facebook and the comments on FB make me want to cry. The most recent comment is “Keep Hoss Keith and Seabrook also, and I’m good.” …Those guys are all signed for the next 2 to 7 seasons! *facepalm*

  6. Sr. Brad says:

    Great, great post Peter…I agree, I think we may have the smartest GM in professional sports…I have only ever questioned his decision to take a chance on not getting a 2nd line Centre over the past 3 years, but we did win one Cup by standing pat, and have allowed us to handle the Cap reduction flawlessly, and and now expand our core going into this season…around the league, this offseason saw almost every other team IGNORE what the Hawks are doing, and go crazy in FA, only sealing their fates as come again/go again teams…The Hawks may have got better…last season we were the class of the NHL during the regular season, and then ran into a one year wonder playoff moster in Boston…this is why so many “experts” picked the bruins to win, because they were created for playoff hockey, and we still beat them in 6, with just about every cheap shot imaginable taken against our best, including Toews and Kane. The Bruins core has fallen apart…there isn’t another team in the league to run with the Hawks over an 82 game schedule and 2 months of playoff hockey…if the Hawks stay healthy, for the most part, they will repeat, and the 3 people we will have to congratulate the most are Bowman, Toews and Kane.

    It’s a great announcement for Bowman to make and its kind of a “throw back” statement to an almost forgotten era in sports…went dumped the weight on an entire city on their shoulders and they have responded by winning two Cups…Patrick Kane’s effort during the playoffs, especially during the finals, made a true believer out of me…this is what I was always hoping for with Kane…sure he will never be a bruiser, that’s not his role…but how many garbage goals did he score during the playoffs this year??? And you can only score those goals by being a shark and circling the net…the problem is, you take a lot of sticks and cheap shots in this area, and Kane just kept coming…he won my heart over with his gutsy performance…and Toews??? What can you say…who knows how badly he was injured??? But think of how good Tazer was in Game 6 with everything on the line…he owned the dot when that arm and shoulder must have been killing him…just pure class and pure heart…the BEST CAPTAIN in all of sports…

    So, a big thanks to Rocky, The Bowmans, Tazer and Kaner…as JS just keeps on saying, its a great day to be a Hawks fan…

    As always, thanks Tab for all the info…

  7. EbonyRaptor says:

    Not to be a wet blanket or anything … but T & K will be UFA’s. Stan can say anything he wants, and I do like what he said, but the reality is either one or both can choose to go elsewhere to play and there’s nothing Stan can do about it. I’m happy he has sent a positive message to the fans and, more importantly, to Toews and Kane, but they really hold the cards – not Stan. That said, I think the Bickell, Crawford and Hjalmarsson extensions have sent an even more important message tho T & K – that Rocky and his management team are committed to winning and providing them with the supporting cast to win again, and again. It’s not mere lip service being paid, it’s the Stanley Cup winning team that is getting paid and that enhances the prospects of Toews and Kane wanting to re-sign with the Hawks.

  8. wall says:

    ER= Well said!

    SB/Front office- are doing great job!

    Stan- Forever is a long time!!!

  9. JS says:

    I would imagine that Bowman wouldn’t have said that unless he had discussed it with Kane and Toews already.

  10. wall says:

    JS- your probably right… still forever is a long time…
    and Toews/Hawks win 4 more cups… and Toews is 37 yrs. old… and Hawks are not in playoffs… and Jets are in… and **it happens! (see Wayne Gretzky)

    Not saying it will –

    JS
    Who is your “new” Hawk’s crush?
    Mine is TT- all the anticipation! I call first dibs.

  11. Sr. Brad says:

    Wall, for me its Garret Ross…I like this kid a lot.

  12. southsidehawkman says:

    “In Stan we trust” The Hawks will continue to be contenders for years to come!

  13. EbonyRaptor says:

    @wall – I just saw that TT is skipping the European Trophy game the Jokerit has today and is leaving Monday to come to Hawk’s training camp. Furthermore, he will miss the first few games of the (SM-liiga) regular season because he will be here. Doesn’t that seem a little weird? Even knowing his intention is to eventually play in the NHL, it doesn’t seem right that he would miss real games when he is supposedly going to be playing a key role for Jokerit this season. In other words, wouldn’t playing regular season games outweigh the “experience” of attending an NHL training camp when there is no possibility of playing for the Hawks this year? Hmmmm … makes me wonder.

  14. Gou says:

    Been busy due to work. Great to check out the always great chatter about the Indianhead.
    Rocky and Stan were committed to make this once great organization great again and they have.
    So many intelligent moves to build for not only next year but years to come.
    I had a chance run in with John McDonough and I could hear in his voice the long term commitment to the future of the organization. So much quality talent still to join the best core group in hockey. He made an interesting comment that nearly 75% of the new fans are young and have joined up in the past few years and continue to do so.
    As a player I would believe you would want to be part of a successful organization for as long as you can during your career. Tazer and Kaner have ackowledged the fans over the years. I firmly believe they are here to stay.
    Been a Blackhawk fan since the sixties and like all of us here, suffered through the idiocy that saw so many quality players leave. It is a great time to be a Chicago Blackhawk fan.

  15. Tim G. says:

    If we are calling dibs on “man-crushes” sign me up for Danualt… lol I think this kid has Top 6 written all over him.

  16. Sr. Brad says:

    Tim thats a great pick…I want to change..

    ER, its not unusual to me because TT just signed a Pro Contract with the Hawks, so what the Hawks want comes first…as to TT…I am certain he would rather be at TC with the boys here than playing the first few games of the season back in Europe…

    And I sense what you are sensing…TT to Chicago has sooner than later written all over it…at this point he may very well end up with the Hawks full time at some point during this season…that’s exciting.

  17. Tails says:

    Can I call dibs on Ben Smith? He’s played with Hawks some already, so I’m not sure if he counts.

  18. EbonyRaptor says:

    Sr Brad, I’m sure you’re right regarding TT coming to training camp and I’m probably reading into something that isn’t there … just me being impatient for TT to join the team.

  19. Mike says:

    Wall, If Toews is here until he is 37……I’ll be OK with that!

  20. wall says:

    Tim, have you seen Danault play in this Rookie Tourney?

    I am reading mixed reviews… some say he and McNeill will never be top 6 types…
    some say they have been two of the best…

    hearing a lot of good things about Fournier and Svedberg! Broahurst’s also.
    IMO- Hawks are gearing Danault to be Kruger/36 type- which is fine by me!

  21. EbonyRaptor says:

    wall, I’ve read mixed reviews too. There’s a guy on the Hawks main board that has done a very good write up on both games. His summary is on the positive side with the best reviews going to Svedberg and Shalunov.

  22. EbonyRaptor says:

    I forgot to add that d-man Dillon Fournier is getting good reviews too.

  23. Andrew Raven says:

    In case you haven’t had a chance to watch the highlights of the Sens-Hawks matchup at the rookie tournament, check them out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAogQFunxEk

    Beautiful shorthander by Svedberg, nicely set up by Danault. Also, great patience by the Russian kid on his shootout attempt. Will be interesting to see how guys like Danault and McNeill will develop.

    Let’s go Hawks!

  24. JS says:

    I’m actually really looking forward to see the progress that Saad makes this year. That guy has all the makings of a monster and he just got bigger over the offseason (If you saw the Northwestern game, Saad is bigger than Bickell now). With the departure of Frolik he’ll probably get more time on the PK. If he can take the next step in his development and start finishing on all of the chances he gets? Look out.

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