Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are each reportedly seeking $12 million per year and become the first to push past the $10 million barrier in the salary-cap era.
The pair is entering the last season of identical five-year, $31.5 million deals that pay them each $6.3 million annually.
They have been instrumental in leading the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cup titles in the past four seasons.
Kane, 25, and Toews, 26, are coming off 69- and 68-point seasons, respectively.
The two combined for 57 goals and 80 assists during the regular season and another 37 points during the playoffs.
If Kane and Toews each get $10 million, that would leave the Blackhawks with just more than $9 million of the $29.04 million available in cap space for 2015-16 to sign its remaining 12 players.
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin currently leads the NHL with an average annual salary of $9.53 million followed by Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin with $9.5 million.