Chicago stars will take reduced dollars

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews could leave up to $2 million per season each on the table. Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- The negotiation going on right now between the Blackhawks and star players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane isn’t typical. Even though the new contracts will end up featuring the highest average annual values in the league, the discussions aren't aimed at getting the highest possible salary.

On Thursday, the two sides met in Philadelphia while there was talk externally about demands for $12 million per season from the Kane and Toews camp. While that $12 million per season makes for a great headline, the reality is