General manager Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks aren't done negotiating with players.
Not by a long shot.
Bowman said Tuesday that talks with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on contract extensions are "ongoing." The GM previously said he had hoped deals for the standout forwards would be done by Tuesday and that they would be announced in tandem.
Toews and Kane will become unrestricted free agents after the 2014-15 season and Tuesday was the first day their contracts could be extended. They are expected to land the largest contracts in NHL history, likely topping $10 million apiece per season.
"Nothing has changed from my original expectation that they're both going to be signed," Bowman said. "We're looking forward to that."
He's back: Peter Regin patiently waited for the Hawks to call and offer a deal. The center, who signed a one-year, $650,000 contract Tuesday, was an unrestricted free agent after finishing last season with the team.
"It was always my No. 1 choice," Regin said. "I don't know if I could have chased more money elsewhere ... but that wasn't really an option. I knew if I got an opportunity to go back to Chicago I would take it."
Regin was originally acquired by the Hawks in a trade with the Islanders in February and is hoping a full season with the team will mean an expanded role. The veteran had two goals and two assists in 17 games last season.
"It's up to me that prove that I belong in the lineup every night," Regin said. "That's kind of all I've been asking is to get a shot and I think with a full season it's going to benefit my chances."
What about Teuvo? When the Hawks signed veteran Brad Richards, it solved their No. 2 center dilemma for the short term and will allow 19-year-old Teuvo Teravainen to enter the NHL without added pressure to anchor a top line.
"We're very high on (Teravainen's) potential and his future with the Blackhawks," Bowman said. "The one thing you have to be careful with young players is not putting them in situations to fail. Now we have some latitude with Teuvo. We don't have to force anything. We'll just let it play out and we can be patient with it."
Depth charge: The Hawks bolstered their minor league system by signing three players likely headed to Rockford of the AHL to one-year deals, including goaltender Scott Darling of Lemont.
Also joining the organization were forwards Cody Bass and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun