Negotiations ongoing for Kane, Toews

The Chicago Blackhawks made a splash with the signing of Brad Richards on Tuesday, but their biggest announcement is still yet to come.

The Blackhawks are still expected to sign Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to long-term extensions sometime in the near future.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman had hoped to do so as early as Tuesday, but that seemed unlikely as they weren't announced by the early evening. Bowman didn't waver Tuesday in his confidence the deals will be done soon.

“As in terms of the negotiations, I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying that I’m not going to comment on them other than it’s ongoing,” Bowman said on Tuesday. “Nothing has changed from my original expectation that they’re both going to be signed. We’re looking forward to that.”

Tuesday marked the first day Kane and Toews could re-sign with the Blackhawks. Their current contracts don’t expire until after the 2014-15 season. Both players signed five-year, $31.5 million contracts in 2009.

Kane, 25, and Toews, 26, were both top-five draft picks by the Blackhawks and began their NHL careers in 2007. They have won two Stanley Cups together, been to six consecutive playoffs and reached four Western Conference finals. Kane has 178 goals and 315 assists in 515 career regular-season games, and Toews has 195 goals and 245 assists in 484 career games.