Done Deals: Chicago Blackhawks To Announce Extensions Thursday

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IDecember 2, 2009

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 25:  Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during their game against the San Jose Sharks during their game at HP Pavilion on November 25, 2009 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks have scheduled a 2:00 p.m. press conference at the United Center to formally announce new contracts for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith.

It's believed that the initially reported years (five each for Kane and Toews, 13 for Keith) are the lengths of the deals. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting Wednesday night that Kane and Toews' deals will average $6.3 million per season, while Keith's will average $5.5 million.

TSN is also reporting that the Blackhawks have not cleared the "tagging room" hurdle, however. That means another move could come as early as tonight to clear cap space on next year's payroll. Rumors have swirled recently including Cam Barker, Brent Sopel and Patrick Sharp. The Hawks likely will need to either trade a player or move one through waivers to make space for the new deals.

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