Not so fast!

All those recent reports that Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith were about to get long-term contract extensions together hasn’t materialized, and Kane called it “just speculation and rumors” when the Canadian media confronted him after Thursday’s morning skate in Calgary. Don’t get me wrong. I think all three will get long-term extensions eventually but they might not get them together. And, whenever they do sign, a prime topic of discussion will immediately be which players will stay with the Hawks next season and which ones won’t. That salary cap’s a tricky thing and working with it will take some time. In the meantime there’ll be lots of Hawks in limbo as this most promising season reaches crunch time.

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