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07:30 AM ET 09.20 | The cornerstones of Chicago's hockey franchise have earned a stamp of approval on their tenure. The man who signs the paychecks said [Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane] aren't going anywhere when their current contracts expire after the 2014-15 season. Chairman Rocky Wirtz backed up general manager Stan Bowman's recent assertions that Toews and Kane will be Hawks for life, saying Thursday he envisions the same scenario. "I do because you always can work the budgets accordingly," Wirtz told the Tribune. "I don't see any reason they can't be. We know we have a hard cap (and) we know we can work it. We've looked at the what-ifs and that's the nice thing. We're not going to do what we did in 2010: Wake up the next day and say you have to trade or move half your team. That's not going to happen."

Chicago Tribune

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September 20, 2013  08:42 AM ET

"For Life"?

yeah, hi, has does anyone remember DiPietro.....Luongo....those long contracts...maybe not such a fabulous idea Rocky/Stan

September 20, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Meh. Kane will be a Hawk for life just like Denis Savard, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall.

September 20, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"For Life"?yeah, hi, has does anyone remember DiPietro.....Luongo....those long contracts...maybe not such a fabulous idea Rocky/Stan

No one ever learns.

September 20, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"For Life"?yeah, hi, has does anyone remember DiPietro.....Luongo....those long contracts...maybe not such a fabulous idea Rocky/Stan

September 20, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"For Life"?yeah, hi, has does anyone remember DiPietro.....Luongo....those long contracts...maybe not such a fabulous idea Rocky/Stan

Could you lend me sixpence?

September 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Could you lend me sixpence?

I'm waiting for a postal order

September 20, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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I'm waiting for a postal order

From Australia?

September 20, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

From Australia?

and I still need 50 pounds to mend the shed

September 20, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Meh. Kane will be a Hawk for life just like Denis Savard, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall.

That middle one still grates on me.

Benny Futzing Hatskin..... The day the music died....

September 20, 2013  10:28 AM ET

Nice story....FROM A WEEK AGO!!

September 20, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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"For Life"?yeah, hi, has does anyone remember DiPietro.....Luongo....those long contracts...maybe not such a fabulous idea Rocky/Stan

thats a really, really, really, really bad comparison; simply on the grounds alone that Rickety couldnt even stay healthy not to mention the SC's.

September 20, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"For Life"?yeah, hi, has does anyone remember DiPietro.....Luongo....those long contracts...maybe not such a fabulous idea Rocky/Stan

Life time deals for goalies don't seem to work out but Kane and Toews are different they are the real deal and are a big reason why the Hawks have two championships in the last 4 years and will be the hunt for a few more. It only makes sense for the Hawks to get these guys signed up long term.

September 20, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Meh. Kane will be a Hawk for life just like Denis Savard, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall.

That was old man Wirtz who did that. You have to credit his kid for turning the franchise around and doing what he can to keep the Hawks star players around.

September 20, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No one ever learns.

I wonder if Ovie is going to learn how to tuck his sweater in :-) Seriously though what a dumb rule.

September 20, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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That middle one still grates on me.Benny Futzing Hatskin..... The day the music died....

Good for Benny the Hat and guys like Bill Hunter for getting the WHA started and making life miserable for jerks like Ballard and Wirtz.

September 20, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Good for Benny the Hat and guys like Bill Hunter for getting the WHA started and making life miserable for jerks like Ballard and Wirtz.

agree 100%

September 20, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Life time deals for goalies don't seem to work out but Kane and Toews are different they are the real deal and are a big reason why the Hawks have two championships in the last 4 years and will be the hunt for a few more. It only makes sense for the Hawks to get these guys signed up long term.

yes, they are the real deal now, but human nature says complacency sets in

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September 20, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Good for Benny the Hat and guys like Bill Hunter for getting the WHA started and making life miserable for jerks like Ballard and Wirtz.

Never watched one single WHA game out of spite.

 
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