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Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane among highest paid NHL players in 2016-17

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane among highest paid NHL players in 2016-17

For the second straight year, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane rank among the highest paid NHL players in 2016-17, according to Forbes.

That's no surprise, considering they signed matching eight-year, $84-million contracts that kicked in last fall.

But there's been a change at the top.

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After holding down the No. 1 spot as the highest paid player for eight straight years, Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has been surpassed by Toews, who is set to accumulate a total of $16 million this year in salary and endorsements.

While Toews' contract carries a $10.5 million cap hit, the Blackhawks captain will earn $7.8 million in base salary, another $6 million in signing bonuses, and the rest off endorsements, which includes Bauer, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet in Chicago, Hallmark and more.

He was also the NHL's best-selling jersey last season, overtaking teammate Patrick Kane, who was No. 1 in jersey sales the previous year.

Crosby, a two-time Hart Trophy winner and reigning Stanley Cup champion, earned $16.5 million last year, but that number dropped to $15.4 million after his base salary went from $12 million to $10.9 million. He signed a front-loaded 12-year, $104.4 million deal that runs through 2024-25.

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Kane came in at No. 3 with earnings of $14.8 million, which is a notch more than the $14.7 million he made last season. Like Toews, Kane brought in $13.8 million in salary and the remainder off his endorsement deals.

Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar ($14.1 million) and Washington's Alex Ovechkin ($14 million) round out the top five.

Listen to your captain: Jonathan Toews reminds everyone to stay home

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Listen to your captain: Jonathan Toews reminds everyone to stay home

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is showing off his leadership skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Toews appeared on the Blackhawks’ Instagram to remind fans of the importance of social distancing as part of the "We Are Not Playing" movement.

Toews has been doing his part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home, as well as donating $100,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund through the Jonathan Toews Foundation. 

Patrick Kane has decided to join Toews to encourage fans to practice social distancing. Kane posted a video to Twitter for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzger’s All In Illinois campaign, thanking healthcare workers and reminding Illinois residents to do their part and stay inside. 

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Top 10 Blackhawks we wish stuck around longer

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Top 10 Blackhawks we wish stuck around longer

    Hockey is a business, and because of that, players get moved frequently.

Salary caps, trades, free agency; all of that factors into player movement and often results in fan-favorites leaving a team.

We took to social media and asked Blackhawks fans which players they wished they saw more of in a Blackhawks sweater.

From Bobby Orr to Rick Vaive to Robin Lehner, the responses stretched across decades.

Here are the 10 Blackhawks players fans wish would have stuck around a little bit longer

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