Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been the cornerstones of the Blackhawks' resurgence back to NHL greatness.

They’re at the forefront of this team, the top engines that make it go. And the Blackhawks’ general manager said re-signing them is right at the top of his offseason list.

General manager Stan Bowman said re-signing Toews and Kane is “the highest priority for us” as the Blackhawks enter the offseason. The two are currently under contracts that run through the 2014-15 season but the Blackhawks are allowed to re-sign them any time after July 1 of this summer. Don’t be surprised if the Blackhawks do that as soon as possible after that date.

“We made it clear. We’ve never wavered from that. There’s no doubting the importance of those two players. The direction this franchise has taken has really been in tandem with those two players,” Bowman said on Tuesday, when the Blackhawks had their closing interviews. “When Patrick and Jonathan came on to the scene, it really breathed life into our franchise and into our team. They've played a huge part in this.”

Bowman wouldn't talk about negotiations, other than to say the team has a great relationship with Pat Brisson, who represents both Toews and Kane.

“He’s the best agent in the game – he gets deals done,” Bowman said. “We’re excited to work with him and get that worked out.”

Toews and Kane said they haven’t thought that much about the negotiations or upcoming contracts to this point. They were more focused on getting to another Stanley Cup Final, and fell just short of that in their Game 7 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. As for their love of Chicago and being a part of a winning organization, they were more talkative.