Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago, and the Blackhawks wanted to retain their high-scoring forwards. All that was left was crunching the contract numbers.
The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they had reached eight-year extensions with two of their top performers in a long run of success that includes Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013.
Both Toews and Kane had one year left on five-year extensions, and July 1 was the first day they could sign new deals. Each contract is worth $84 million, according to a source.
"There's no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players," Toews said in a statement. "There's nothing we want more as players than to continue to win Stanley Cups for the best hockey fans on the planet."
Toews, the No. 3 choice in the 2006 draft, was just 20 when he became team captain in July 2008. Kane was the top overall pick in the 2007 draft. Both are represented by Pat Brisson.
NCAA president Mark Emmert told a Senate committee he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."
Emmert faced a skeptical Senate Commerce Committee and said he feels college sports "works extremely well for the vast majority" and that the overall current model of amateurism should be preserved. He reiterated schools themselves are in charge of the rules and emphasized the challenge of creating a consensus among college presidents, coaches and athletic directors. The hearing came as the NCAA faces pressure from multiple fronts to reform how athletes are treated and compensated.
The New England Patriots will turn over hundreds of pages of personnel records to Aaron Hernandez's lawyers but object to producing scouting reports and a psychological assessment. Team lawyer Andrew Phelan said at a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the Patriots object to turning over nine pages of scouting reports, which Phelan said contain "trade secrets." He also said the Patriots have offered Hernandez's lawyers the option of reviewing -- but not copying -- a 11/2-page psychological assessment.
Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. After the hearing, the former tight end was transferred to a new jail in Boston. His attorneys' earlier request for a move -- to be closer to them -- was approved. The former tight end is also charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012.
New York acquired Swin Cash from Atlanta for DeLisha Milton-Jones. Cash played under Liberty coach/general manager Bill Laimbeer for six seasons in Detroit while helping the Shock win titles in 2003 and 2006.