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Report: Blackhawks to sign Kane, Toews, Keith

Tuesday, 11.17.2009 / 10:38 AM / News

NHL.com

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the Blackhawks are set to sign Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith to contract extensions.

The Tribune reports the signings of the forwards, both restricted free agents after the season, are expected in the next day or two.

In addition, the Hawks are said to be near an agreement with defenseman Duncan Keith, and the team could announce all three signings as early as Tuesday.

"Our goal like I've said from the beginning is to keep the core of our team together, and they're core players," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said before the season. "That's the strength and the way you have to do it in the game today. Evaluate your players, determine who the core players are and keep that group together and fill in around them."

Pierre LeBrun of "Hockey Night in Canada" and ESPN.com said Saturday that new contracts for the Hawks' dynamic duo could happen "sometime in the next two weeks."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round