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Bowman confident in ability to manage Blackhawks' cap in wake of extensions for Toews, Kane

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, right, speaks as Jonathan Toews listens during a news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, right, speaks as Jonathan Toews listens during a news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks President and Chief Executive Officer John F. McDonough, center, smiles as he talks with Jonathan Toews, left, and Patrick Kane after a news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks President and Chief Executive Officer John F. McDonough, center, smiles as he talks with Jonathan Toews, left, and Patrick Kane after a news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks jerseys of Jonathan Toews (19) and Patrick Kane (88) hang in a locker room before an NHL hockey news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks jerseys of Jonathan Toews (19) and Patrick Kane (88) hang in a locker room before an NHL hockey news conference at the United Center in Chicago, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Blackhawks recently agreed to eight-year contract extensions with Toews and Kane. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are looking forward to a bright future with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The high-scoring forwards thanked the organization, their teammates, family and friends at a press conference on Wednesday to celebrate their lucrative contract extensions that run through the 2022-23 season.

Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz says it's a historic moment for the franchise, and Toews and Kane say they are excited to continue with the only NHL team they have ever known.

The eight-year contracts, which were announced last week, are worth $84 million apiece for an average annual value of $10.5 million. Each player has one year left on their five-year extensions from December 2009.

Agent Pat Brisson, who represents both players, says they could have commanded as much as $13.8 million per season, but it was important to them to stay together and keep winning.