Toews, Kane each get 8-year, $84 million deals
This was a no-brainer from start to finish. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago, and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known.
All that was left was crunching the numbers on two of the biggest contracts in franchise history.
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The Blackhawks announced Wednesday 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. Toews and Kane led Chicago back to the Western Conference final this year, where it lost to the eventual NHL champion Los Angeles Kings.
General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and it didn’t take very long to reach the agreements with Pat Brisson, who represents both players. Toews and Kane each have one year left on their five-year extensions from December 2009, and July 1 was the first day they could sign new deals.
Each contract is worth $84 million for an average annual value of $10.5 million, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the contract numbers.
New Jersey signs Schneider for 7 years, $42 million
The New Jersey Devils have signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a seven year, $42 million contract extension.
Schneider was acquired by the Devils from the Vancouver Canucks at the NHL draft in June 2013.
Anaheim signs Heatley
The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Dany Heatley to a one-year, $1 million deal, returning the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to the Pacific Division.
Raiders want O.co Coliseum torn down
If it wasn’t obvious already that the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and baseball’s Oakland Athletics were not the friendliest of co-tenants, it should be now — the Raiders want to tear down their mutual home and build a house of their own in its place.
That is what was reported Wednesday in the San Francisco Chronicle. Citing a memo to Oakland city leaders, the paper reported that the developers of a stadium-retail project are close to a deal with the Raiders that would mean demolishing O.co Coliseum next year, so that a stadium for the Raiders could be ready for the 2018 season. It was not specified where the teams would play in between.
Of course, the A’s are still working on completing a 10-year lease for the current stadium with a city-county authority, a deal that Major League Baseball announced two weeks ago but has not gotten final approval by the Oakland politicians.
Washington’s Jackson suspended a fourth time
Washington safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a fourth time for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
The league announced Wednesday that Jackson has been suspended indefinitely without pay.
McBride paces San Antonio
Kayla McBride matched her career high with 30 points and the San Antonio Stars never trailed in rolling to an 80-66 victory over the New York Liberty.
Danielle Adams scored 16 points and Danielle Robinson added 13 as San Antonio (11-9) won for the fourth time in its last five games.
After the game, the Liberty acquired Swin Cash from the Atlanta Dream in exchange for DeLisha Milton-Jones.
In another WNBA game, Bria Hartley scored 16 points and the Mystics held off a late Chicago rally for a 72-65 victory in front of a Sky record 16,402 fans.
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