Latest on Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Troy Brouwer, plus the latest free-agency news and more. 

Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane claim they're ready for heightened expectations.

Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane claim they’re ready for heightened expectations.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: As the huge contracts for Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane begin, the pair claim they’re ready for the expectations that comes with their big deals.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: New Blues winger Tory Brouwer is focused on playing his game and not trying to replace T.J. Oshie. The pair were swapped for each other earlier this month, with Oshie deal to the Washington Capitals.

SI.COM: recently published a listing of the free agents and cap space for every NHL team.

NBC SPORTS: Limited salary cap space is having an effect upon this summer’s NHL UFA market.

CBS SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers face a daunting salary-cap crunch for next season and beyond, especially if they re-sign star winger Jakub Voracek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Flyers in my Rumors section later this morning. Suffice to say, GM Ron Hextall faces a serious challenge retaining his key players whilst freeing up cap space for the promising youth in his system. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The New York Islanders move to Brooklyn has resulted in a unique business relationship with Barclays Center.