Kane scored a Cup winning goal and was hugely important in another Cup winning run. He is money in the playoffs where it COUNTS
Uwe Krupp once scored a Stanley Cup winning goal. True story, that. So did Ulf Samuelson. It's irrelevant.
As for playoff performance, again I ask: what does Justin Williams make? Was Claude Lemieux ever considered worthy of being a top-five paid player in the league? Why not?
I have already ceded Kane is a very good player. No need to revisit that.
I know Backes plays a different game, I watch both plenty.
If one could pick between the two, without knowing which is which, I dare say anyone of sound mind would take the guy at $4.75M per over the one at $10.5M per as the difference in salary would allow a team to sign another top-6 forward. It really isn't debatable among anyone who isn't a Chicago fan (and even not all of them, see above) or smoking crack.
Quite honestly, based on how skilled Kane is, he should be scoring more.
Agreed. He runs in streaks. With his skill set he should consistently, handily outscore Backes but he doesn't. That's part of why I compared them. As for Backes in the playoffs-it only takes on season to change that...