THE 2015 FREE AGENTS

The big names ex­pected to post big num­bers in their walk years

The Hockey News - Fantasy Pool Guide - - Opening Faceoff - BY RORY BOYLEN

THE TOP PRI­OR­ITY FOR CHICAGO GM STAN BOW­MAN IS TO lock up his two big­gest 2015-el­i­gi­ble UFAs. It’s hard to imag­ine Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane leav­ing the Black­hawks, but if they did hit the open mar­ket, o ers would swell. Af­ter all, Toews and Kane are more than a supreme leader and sublime scorer – they are a fran­chise. When Chicago selected them in suc­ces­sive drafts (2006 and 2007), the team’s for­tunes turned on a dime, go­ing from punch line to dy­nasty chaser overnight. Their value to Chicago goes be­yond the points they put on the score­sheet.

Toews and Kane each make $6.3 mil­lion, but how much should the raise be? Pitts­burgh’s Ev­geni Malkin and Sid­ney Crosby com­bine to make $18.2 mil­lion and, if Toews and Kane wanted, they could eclipse even that. The two Hawks are just the tip of the ice­berg for po­ten­tial 2015 free agents. Here are 10 other names to watch.

BOBBY RYAN

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