Chicago’s dynamic duo plans on sticking together.
After signing identical five-year, $31.5 million contract extensions in 2010 that expire next summer, Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane expect to sign matching deals again this offseason.
“We’ve been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers,” Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. “When we came in as rookies, and we’ve just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he’s got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that, as well.”
Both players are represented by agent Pat Brisson. The sides can begin negotiating July 1, but there’s no timetable for negotiations.
“We don’t know what that process is going to entail exactly, but I think everyone knows we love Chicago and we understand how much we’ve been given by the organization and fans. We want to be there for as long as we possibly can be — hopefully our entire careers. That’s the priority right there.”
LUONGO OPENS UP
Being benched for the Heritage Classic last season was the “last straw” for Roberto Luongo in Vancouver.
The since-traded goalie finally described in his own words the end of his run with the Canucks, which ended last season after the club’s outdoor game.
“We all know, obviously, what led up to it. The last year, year and a half before that,” Luongo told Team 1040 Radio in Vancouver, referring to the Canucks goalie drama. “Going into the year I didn’t know what was going to happen, but after we had passed the midway point and my family was here, my daughter was in school — we were getting used to being here again. We were actually starting looking at houses so at that point in time, we weren’t expecting to get traded. It’s kind of weird how things happen in life. But all of a sudden I come back from the Olympics and we all know what happened there and a couple days later that was it.”
After he watched backup Eddie Lack hit the ice at BC Place, Luongo told his agent he wanted a ticket out of town. He was traded to the Florida Panthers days later.
“It was really the last straw, if you can call it that,” Luongo said. “I don’t have any resentment toward anybody about it but that’s what eventually led up to what happened.”
CAUGHT OFF GUARD
Claude Giroux didn’t believe it at first when his friend and former Philadelphia Flyers teammate Scott Hartnell said he had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I woke up this morning to him texting me and saying he was gone,” Giroux told reporters. “I didn’t believe him so I started chirping him, and then I found it was true. It’s sad; not a fun day.”
Hartnell said he was shocked and angry after being asked by Flyers brass to waive his no-movement clause. General manager Ron Hextall revealed part of his conversation with the departing forward Tuesday.
“The one question he asked me was, ‘When did I fall out of favour?’ I said, ‘No Hartsy, you haven’t fallen out of favour. This is just something that fits for us and we want to move forward with it.’ ”
Philadelphia acquired forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft in the trade.
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick underwent wrist surgery that will sideline him for 10-12 weeks.
Yahoo! Sports first reported that Quick was undergoing “emergency surgery” after parents of children enrolled in Quick’s summer goaltending camp received an email stating that the 2012 Conn Smythe winner would not be able to participate. The Kings confirmed the surgery Tuesday.
Quick’s email said the injury occurred during the club’s second-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks. He played through the injury as the Kings went on to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final and the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final.
The Orange County Register reported that Quick’s recovery and rehab could extend beyond the start of training camp in mid-September.
Quick underwent back surgery after the 2012 season when the Kings won their first NHL championship but did not miss any games because of the lockout.
The Carolina Hurricanes have come to terms with defenceman Ron Hainsey on a three-year contract worth $8.5 million.
The 33-year-old Hainsey played in all 82 games this past season and compiled four goals and 11 assists.
In addition, the ‘Canes signed forward Nathan Gerbe to a two-year, $3.5 million extension.
Gerbe, 26, scored 16 goals and 15 assists last season.