How quickly things can turn.
The Blackhawks were 7:17 away from their second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
After a heartbreaking, season-ending Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the talk in Chicago has quickly turned to which players will be back in a Blackhawks' sweater next season instead of how many games it would have taken for the Hawks to knock off the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup.
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One major question that will linger throughout the offseason: will Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews remain Blackhawks for the rest of their careers?
General manager Stan Bowman has said it time and time again, the two stars will be in Chicago for the long haul.
"That's something we're going to focus on as we get into the spring," Bowman said during an appearance on SportsTalk Live in March. "Those typically take place in May and June, you try to work the details down so it's ready by the July time frame when you can actually execute it. So there's plenty of time to do that and it's obviously a priority for us."
Kane and Toews — who are currently making $6.5 million a season — are both be due for a raise. Their contracts run through the 2014-15 season, but Bowman can begin negotiations with the duo in July.
The Blackhawks aren't concerned about losing Kane and Toews, but will the massive contracts headed their way hurt the team in other areas?
"Hockey is a sport where if you have the right scouting and talent development, you can keep drafting those guys," NHL.com's Brian Hedger said Monday night on SportsTalk Live. "The Red Wings have done it for 23 years, it can be done. That's what they've built here, the core. The role players are going to be the guys that kind of come and go and shift around."
Check out more of the discussion in the video above.