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from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on eight-year contract extensions, which run through the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. A formal press conference will be held at the United Center next week, with day and time being announced at a later date
added 1:23pm, Statements from all involved are below, via the Blackhawks....
Patience is a Virtue: Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley and former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone may have to be patient in free agency according to Dreger. Dreger says their willingness to take one-year contracts will draw attention from more teams. The Lightning used their second compliance buyout on Malone on Tuesday while Heatley will become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.
Canucks Complex Dealings: The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade Ryan Kesler but this is a complicated negotiation. It's believed Kesler has identified just two teams in the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. That puts rookie general manager Jim Benning and the management of the Canucks in a tough spot because they're just negiotioation with the two teams. Maybe it's possible that the Canucks try to pull in their horns in an effort to encourage Kelser to expand his list.
Blackhawks Hope to Keep the Band Together: GM Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks are very eager to make sure the star component remains intact for a lengthy period of time. We're talking about how the new CBA is going to impact the superstar model of player and certainly Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews qualify as such. No longer is it allowed to frontload and go with that 10, 12 or 15-year mega-deal. Now we know it's a maximum of eight years so it's not inconceivable that, as long as the salary cap climbs to around $75 million in 2016 that Kane and Toews could come in around $11-12 million each.
The "Off-Season Watch" continues, and Dreger reports that Daniel Alfredsson's going to be "flexible" with his decision-making timeline. It is possible that, should the Boston Bruins don't re-sign Jarome Iginla, both Iginla and Alfredsson could be Wings next season.
From the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, presented without comment:
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going to sign massive contract extensions this summer, possibly as early as July 1. That’s basically a given. It’s also highly likely they’ll do so on the same day, as they did in 2009.
“We’ve been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers,” Toews said Monday. “When we came in as rookies, and we’ve just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he’s got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that, as well.”
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier this month that he planned to have the deals done by July 1, the first day the two stars and franchise cornerstones are eligible to sign them. Toews didn’t want to put a timetable on it, saying, “We’re in discussions right now, but as far as I know, nothing is concrete.” Both Toews and Kane are represented by agent Pat Brisson.
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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Having a 2 AM-conversation with Franklin Steele on Twitter, I had to amend my take as to why the Chicago Blackhawks weren't able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. As a Red Wings fan, I would argue that a team needs Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov-sized motivation to repeat, and I would point out that the Blackhawks played until June 24th of 2013--and sometimes forget that 90% of the players who didn't make the Conference Final are already beginning their summertime workouts to prepare physically and mentally for the next season.
Chicago played so very late into the lockout-marred 2013 season that the mental and physical challenges the speedy Hawks faced had to feel insurmountable, and then Franklin reminded me that on top of having perhaps nine weeks to re-focus, TEN Blackhawks participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Even as a Wings fan, I have to applaud the hell out of the Hawks for getting to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final given the challenges they faced.
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry as to what the Blackhawks need to do to "reload for 2014-2015," and while I'm sure that you'd argue point 1 of 3, inking Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions ahead of the pair qualifying for unrestricted free agency next summer, is job #1, I'd suggest that Custance's second point may matter more than the guaranteed first occurring:
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:
1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.
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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The whispers and questions about Sidney Crosby have begun. Is Sid the Kid still the best hockey player in the world?
Seems sacrilege even to debate it.
But not the way he and the Penguins are performing lately.
And not the way Jonathan Toews is playing. Toews may well overtake Crosby for the title these playoffs.
added 2:56pm, Coach Quenneville on the injury news and the hit on Toews, watch below...
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
As he lay crumpled on the ice following a devastating hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, Jonathan Toews uttered something apparently unprintable, got to his feet and skated off to the bench, clutching his left arm with his right. He sat on the bench, hunched over in pain a couple of times, then got up again and left for the dressing room.
The question now is, when will he come back?
Already without one of the top offensive players in the world in Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks might have lost one of the most irreplaceable players in the world, too. Toews left the Hawks’ 4-1 loss to the Penguins with about 6:30 left in the second period, and didn’t return.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville deemed him “day to day,” but said he’d know more on Monday.
“I don’t think it’s serious,” he said.
continued and watch the hockey hit below...
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons returned to North America from Sochi, Russia in a contemplative mood, and he's focusing on one particular topic in a Saturday night/Sunday morning column--suggesting that Jonathan Toews has succeeded Sidney Crosby as hockey's most valuable all-round player:
One player to choose to start a franchise? You can have Sidney Crosby.
I’m taking Jonathan Toews.
I’m taking the 25-year-old who already has two Stanley Cup rings and two Olympic gold medals, a player who intrinsically seems to comprehend what it takes to win and with a willingness to do whatever it means to get there.
For the second Olympic Games in succession, Toews was Canada’s best forward: His line with Jeff Carter and Patrick Marleau, was Team Canada’s strongest line throughout the Olympic hockey tournament.
He’s not fancy like his teammate, Patrick Kane, or as offensively gifted or driven as Crosby, or with a rocket shot like Steven Stamkos, or even with Phil Kessel’s speed: He is just complete. As absolute and certain as there is in today’s world of hockey.
Simmons continues, addressing numerous topics...
For a 4-year-old, Nicholas Skretkowski handles being on the blades like a pro...
This goal, credited to Johathan Toews, tied the game just after Stamkos scored for Tampa on the power play.
But justice was served, as Martin St. Louis scored in OT to give the Bolts a 6-5 win.
Here is the 'Toews' goal...
added 10:30pm, Below is the OT goal by St. Louis....
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Jonathan Toews, the unquestioned leader of the two-time Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, the NHL’s consummate captain and the best two-way player in the world, made his preseason debut Friday night at the Verizon Center.
He was introduced as “Jonathan Toes.”
OK, so maybe there is a higher ceiling for Toews, another level of notoriety and respect to be achieved. For all he’s done, he’s not yet Sidney Crosby, the face of the NHL, who skated against the Hawks on Thursday. And he’s not yet Alex Ovechkin, a three-time Hart Trophy winner, who skated against them on Friday. Those guys have more trophies, more endorsements and more instant recognition. They’re far and away the two biggest stars in the NHL.
But as the captain of two Stanley Cup teams — the only trophy that matters in the end — perhaps no player in the NHL has the resume to match Toews. The question is, what’s next?
"There's always been something special the past four or five years with our leadership group, that whenever others come in and be part of that group we just become a really tough team to get rid of. We're tough to beat. A lot of things have to go wrong for us to lose in a playoff series. If we can keep leading that same way, find that same belief and will to win, then there is no reason we can't find ourselves back in the Stanley Cup Final and competing for the Stanley Cup again. That's always the goal. I think any time you win the Stanley Cup and then are sitting at home watching someone else wheel off with it, that is a bad feeling. It feels like it is still yours and you don't want to give it up."
-Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks while on the NHL media tour today. Much more NHL talk from numerous players who are on the tour.
"I think it would be naive to say that there's no one in the NHL that is trying to get the edge in that fashion. But at the end of the day, whether you get caught now or not, down the road at some point those sort of things come out as we've seen in Major League Baseball and cycling.
"Eventually ... someone is going to save their own butt and throw you under the bus. And that's your legacy. That's what people remember: that you're a cheater and you took performance-enhancing drugs.
"I think guys that apologize and plead that they didn't know what they were doing, I think they know exactly what they're doing. So the more tests the better. It protects the guys that are being fair and are putting good things into their body. So I have no problem with (more testing)."
-Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks on the steroids issue, via the Toronto Sun.
“To all of a sudden sign a deal that changes your life and makes things better for you and your family, someone tries to take that away from you, it’s insulting and, quite frankly, it’s embarrassing for (the league) as well. We only have a limited time to play and earn a living as hockey player,s and we’re doing everything we can. Every guy has worked hard for that. We can be proud to stand up for what we stood up for so far, and there’s no shame in that.”
-Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Black Hawks on the NHL negotiations. More from Toews and Patrick Kane at CSN Chicago.
Jonathan Toews visited Port aux Basques (southwestern tip of Newfoundland) and skated with some hockey kids.
Video via CBC,
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Chicago Blackhawks have been trying to attract a few big names in free agency this summer, with captain Jonathan Toews playing a part in the pitch….
“I’m not going to lie, there have been a few text messages sent here and there to guys that I know,” Toews said Tuesday morning before participating in the Rumble at the Ridge at Pine Ridge Golf Course. “It’s been different than other years because we have been in the mix to look for another player. I’d love to be able to influence a guy like that (Doan) to come to Chicago. We know Chicago is a great place to play and that we’re going to have a good team this year, so hopefully that entices somebody to want to come play for us.
“We still have some time to see what happens here.”
The Blackhawks might also be one of the teams Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo could be moved to.
“It’s pretty interesting, we all know the pressure he’s always been under in Vancouver and that he’s looking for a fresh start,” said Toews…
Sorry for the delay of this post, I will admit it, I feel asleep and woke up riding some bike race through the mountains.
Thanks to this OT goal by Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.
Phoenix still leads the series 3-2.
Watch the game highlights below…
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
“My status hasn’t changed unfortunately,” Toews said Friday after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “It’s still progressing, I guess. It’s a frustrating thing to let another game go by, but I just don’t feel comfortable that tomorrow is the right day to get back into it.
“It’s not fun to miss all those games, especially knowing it would be a great way to step back in, feel fresh and be ready for the playoffs. But I guess I don’t really have a choice at this point. I’ve got to make sure I’m ready to go when the time is right.”
Is he confident he’ll ready for the playoffs, which start next week?
“I’m still keeping that confidence and that positive outlook that things are going to go the right way and that I’ll be ready for next week,” Toews said. “I feel like I was very close to being able to play [Thursday against the Minnesota Wild] or tomorrow, but now we’ve got four days or so before the next game or whenever that might be. I’m hoping that’s going to be the difference right there.”
Toews said it’s during on-ice activities where the symptoms, whereas off it, including right after a practice , he feels fine.
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s up to Jonathan Toews to decide if he’s ready.
With two games left in the regular season, Toews has reached a point to where coach Joel Quenneville said the team will let him decide if he’s ready to join the lineup after missing 20 consecutive games with a concussion.
“It’s up to him,” Quenneville said Tuesday after practice. “He’s progressing enough that he’ll make that call.”...
“Even when I’m ready to start playing again, there’s still going to be some days where you’re going to have to progress towards feeling like myself again,” Toews said. “I haven’t made that decision for Thursday yet. I have another full day before that. I’ll practice with the guys and we’ll see how that goes and come Thursday we’ll make a decision.”
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
It was late last week when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews flashed a grin following his fourth consecutive day of skating and shared his optimism for rejoining the lineup a couple of days later.
On Thursday, Toews was off the ice for the third time in four days, and the optimism has been challenged by worry that the center could be out quite awhile longer.
Welcome to the world of concussions in the NHL.
Other than a short time on the ice Wednesday, Toews has taken a step back in his recovery from a concussion that will sideline the 23-year-old for his 12th game in a row when the Hawks face the Stars on Friday night in Dallas.
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t say that center Jonathan Toews suffered a setback as he recovers from a concussion. But Toews didn’t skate for the second consecutive day Tuesday after taking the ice four days in a row and sounding very optimistic about his return.
“He’s here. He’s getting treatments,” Quenneville said Tuesday after the Hawks’ morning skate at the United Center. “It’s part of the process. Some days are better than others, but he’s knows his body. We’ll see how he is. ... Hopefully, we’ll get back on the ice [Wednesday].”
Toews had hoped to return Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. But the Hawks’ games Friday against the Dallas Stars and Sunday against the Washington Capitals always looked like more realistic options.
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Toews took part in the Hawks’ morning skate before their game Friday night against the New York Rangers. He also stayed out on the ice when it concluded for an extended practice. It was the second day in a row he skated. The next step in his recovery process is seeing how he handles contact.
“I feel pretty good,” said Toews, who will miss his ninth game in a row. “I feel like I’ve been off the nice doing nothing for three weeks, but considering that, the last two days on the ice, I’m a lot better than I thought I would be. You can be positive about that.”
Toews said he felt symptoms after playing Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues. But Toews said the symptoms emerged before that, although he can only say he started feeling them during the Hawks’ extensive nine-game road trip.
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It’s a question no one wants to ponder, but it’s one that has to be asked:
Should the Blackhawks consider shutting down Jonathan Toews for the rest of the season?
If you know anything about Toews, you also know his answer would be, “Not a chance.”
But Toews has already missed five games, having played perhaps as many as six games with a suspected concussion.
His last game was 10 days ago and his symptoms have not subsided to the point where he can skate. Toews did some off-ice training Wednesday, riding the stationary bike, but that can mean very little when it comes to recovering from a concussion.
“He was doing a little bit of that (off-ice training) today,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday. “Today is no change from (Tuesday). Hopefully he can get going and we can get him back on the ice.”
via CBS Chicago,
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was involved in a car accident in the loop Thursday morning and left in an ambulance.
Toews’ black AMG Mercedes Benz struck an “L” support beam at the intersection of Lake and Garvey in the loop just before 10 a.m. 670 The Score confirmed the vehicle is registered to the Blackhawks center and witnesses said he was driving the car.
“I saw his car in the pole,” Theron Banks, an employee at Steak Express said. “I came out. People were everywhere. Toews was in the ambulance. People were videotaping and taking pictures and trying to get autographs, but police said they couldn’t get autographs.”
Banks said Toews was alone and left in the ambulance. He didn’t appear to be seriously injured.
added 3:07pm, Pictures from the scene can be found at Selfish Indulgence.
added 3:11pm, via Chris Kuc tweet,
Tribune contacted phone number belonging to Jonathan Toews via text and response was “it’s nothing serious at all.”
from Adam L. Jahns of Inside The Blackhawks,
Toews is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won’t play Tuesday against the rival Red Wings. His current injury is not related to the left wrist injury he suffered before the All-Star game and kept him out one game.
Toews finished the Hawks’ 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Coach Joel Quenneville said “not much” happened to Toews and that there was no defining blow or play that caused the injury.
Asked if Toews has been playing through the injury for some time and if it’s been a nagging concern, Quenneville said, “we’ll just leave at that he’s a competitive guy and he wants to play.”
“Jonny is important in a lot of ways whether it’s his leadership or the quantity or quality of ice that he’s out there for,” Quenneville said. “He leads us in a lot of ways and it’s up to some other guys to step up and absorb some quality ice and some responsibilities as well.”
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
The Chicago Blackhawks will be without the services of their captain for at least one game as Jonathan Toews will not play Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators with a suspected left arm injury.
Toews left during the second period of the Hawks’ 5-2 loss to the Predators on Sunday night and did not practice with teammates Monday. Toews was slashed across the left wrist by the Florida Panthers’ Erik Gudbranson during Friday night’s game but did finish that contest.
“Toews is going to be out for (Tuesday’s) game,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Monday’s practice. “It’s not serious but he’s out.”
Quenneville said it’s “not likely” Toews will participate in the NHL All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Ottawa. Toews was selected to play in Sunday’s game along with teammates Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa.
via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,
A Sunday away from the rink gives the Chicago Blackhawks a chance to catch their breath and fully examine Jonathan Toews, who left Saturday’s 5-2 loss against the Nashville Predators in the second period.
Best estimation is the injury isn’t serious since Toews didn’t leave after a big hit or collision. But then again, neither did Patrick Sharp when he went down with his hand injury, which is what Toews appears to have.
The Hawks will give an official update after practice on Monday, but even if it’s a small ding, after Tuesday’s rematch with the Predators they have six days for Toews to recover as the All-Star break begins.
If there is any chance at further injury, Toews should not compete in any All-Star activities. He’s too valuable to the Hawks, no matter how valuable he is to the league.
I wonder if he would face a suspension?
In my last article on left wings, a few of you mentioned the positional dilemmas that we seem to face when drafting forwards. This is a great point, since not only do position eligibilities change from league to league (eg. Yahoo/ESPN/CBS), but also from year to year. As well, we also need to keep our eye on forwards with dual position eligibility.
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from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
When I asked Toews if he was prepared for the inevitable MVP talk this month, he responded with everything but aw, shucks. The way Rose has mastered.
“As a leader of your hockey club nobody’s looking for that kind of attention,’’ Toews said. “Every team has a player they think fits into that category so I don’t really know about that. It would be pretty amazing even to be considered.’‘
Rest assured Toews will be because it’s an open race. Sidney Crosby likely has missed too much time with a concussion. High-scoring Alex Ovechkin has struggled with only two more goals than Toews (23) heading into Tuesday night. Phenom Steven Stamkos of the Lightning, 21, leads the league in goals and will get votes. Daniel Sedin of the Canucks, along with teammate Ryan Kesler, will warrant attention too.
But Toews, with a Conn Smythe trophy and Stanley Cup ring hard to ignore, might have more hockey cachet. He commands respect as a consistent two-way player who still ranks 10th in the league in scoring and wins 57 percent of his faceoffs.
via Chicago Blackhawks tweet,
Jonathan Toews will miss about two weeks of action, according to head coach Joel Quenneville.
If you missed how he received the injury, watch here.
Jonathan Toews left the game tonight against the St. Louis Blues when he took a hit along near the boards from Matt D’Agostini in the first period.
He will not return and some reports mentioned it could be a shoulder.
added 10:40pm, better quality video can be watched below…
As usual lately, I’m a day behind. And, really, this time, I have no excuses. (Well, I do, but I won’t bother…) So, why make sure I catch up on JJ’s Three Cheers, you might ask? (I said might, cause it’s just as likely that you won’t.) The goal from the start with this should-be daily feature of mine was to keep a running tally of those honored and to salute the top three (or more) at season’s end. With a thousand other things in the hopper, so far as content from me is concerned (most of which are waiting on a few loose ends to be tied up), I’ll probably be pulling double-duty on these little recaps for much of the season as the workload increases. That said, the need to rewind and reward those on days missed remains. After all, this is an awfully prestigious honor! (Ahem…)
From Saturday night first:
***Cheers to Carolina captain Eric Staal, who powered his Hurricanes past division rival Florida with a pair of goals in a 3-2 victory.
**Cheers to Colorado’s Peter Budaj, who backstopped the Avalanche with 31 saves as his club put up plenty of offense in front of him, beating Dallas 5-0 at home.
*And big time cheers to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who had a four-point night at the expense of the host Thrashers in Atlanta and also tallied in the shootout as the Blackhawks were victorious, 5-4.
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Jonathan Toews is featured in November’s Men’s Heatlh.
“Combining lunges and jumps builds leg strength and endurance,” says Toews. “I do 5 minutes of forward walking lunges and then 5 minutes of backward lunges. I rest for 2 minutes and then do 3 sets of 10 box jumps.” Start by doing 1 minute of forward lunges and 1 minute of backward lunges. Rest 60 seconds, and do 2 sets of 10 jumps onto a 12-inch box.
Check out the pdf file…
from CBC News,
The Manitoba government didn’t intend to offend families of fallen Canadian soldiers by naming a lake after a young National Hockey League star, Premier Greg Selinger says.
Selinger’s NDP government was on the hot seat Thursday for its decision to name a small provincial lake after Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, a Winnipeg native, at a ceremony last Sunday.
The province and City of Winnipeg honoured Toews, 22, for his championship hockey season as well as for winning gold with Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Leave it to Jonathan Toews to find a silver lining when most observers see a lightning-quick dismantling of the Stanley Cup champions.
“It was something that was kind of inevitable,” Toews said of the recent flurry of trades involving key members of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup run. “We knew it was going to happen but we’ve got some great memories that we can look back on.”...
“Again, you try to enjoy it for what it is,” said Toews, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with the Stanley Cup on Monday. “We had a special team, a special group of guys this year and we’ll never forget what we accomplished.”
Toews admits the celebrations have taken on a bit of a muted tone, with the news that several key cogs — including Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd — will all be playing hockey elsewhere next season.
“It’s tough for you in a selfish way because you want those guys to be there and you want the team to stay the same,” said Toews. “It’s worse for those guys who don’t get to stay in a great city like Chicago. We knew something was going to happen, but we didn’t expect so many guys to be moved so quick.”
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Jonathan Toews received a hero’s welcome in his hometown Sunday, along with other accolades for the quiet 22-year-old who has already won a lifetime’s worth of awards.
Toews was cheered by hundreds of fans who chanted his name outside city hall as he raised the Stanley Cup and kissed it. Many supporters wore Chicago Blackhawks jerseys with Toews’ name and number.
“Even though he’s famous, he’s still very humble and remembers his roots and doesn’t take it all for granted,” gushed Toni Toews — no relation — who showed up two hours early with her 16-year-old daughter Georgee, carrying a banner inscribed with the words “You did it”.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Tonight is the 110th hockey game of Mike Richards’ season and the tank appears to be running on empty.
He won’t come out and say that he’s running out of gas and his coach, Peter Laviolette, won’t hear of it, but others around the Philadelphia Flyers are whispering that if they want to win the Stanley Cup, they may well have to do without much contribution from their captain and first-line centre.
And he isn’t alone.
Tonight is Jonathan Toews 103rd hockey game. Through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he was the most dominant player on any team. He still leads the playoffs in scoring, but it’s not because of anything he has done through three games of the final.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Jonathan Toews looks remarkably alert at this moment, minutes after emerging from the Chicago Blackhawks’ triumphant charter flight home. This is the blessing of youth - and a sharp contrast to bleary-eyed teammate Patrick Sharp, who took the first turn at the microphone at Signature Flight Support, near O’Hare airport, where the team’s charter from Vancouver landed late Saturday afternoon.
One day earlier, Toews drove a stake through the hearts of the Canucks’ playoff hopes with a brilliant five-point performance. This afternoon, Toews was explaining why the team cannot take anything for granted heading into Sunday’s fifth game, a possible elimination game with Chicago ahead 3-1 in the series. Toews said all the right things: The Blackhawks will take nothing for granted. The final game is always the most difficult to win. Etc. etc. There is a reason why teammate Patrick Kane calls Toews Mr. Serious. There is an uncommon gravitas about the Blackhawks’ young captain that seems oddly out of step with his age, 22.
“I know we expect a lot from Toews because he has delivered a lot, but don’t overlook this example of his remarkable maturity. A kid who’s captain of one of the best teams in the NHL, a kid who centers the top line, a kid who leads off almost every shootout—- this kid is doing the scut work for his country, doing all the selfless, thankless stuff, and he’s still managing to stand out. Special kid. Lucky us.”
-Steve Rosenbloom on Jonathan Toews. More on Toews at RosenBlog.
from Judy Hevrdejs of the Chicago Tribune,
At the moment, though, Toews is sitting in his new condo, 30-plus floors above the hustle and grind and noise of the city on a cafe au lait-toned sectional, its long, comfortable stretches big enough for his 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound frame.
The sofa — its view-blocking chaise relegated to another room by Toews — faces a 12-foot-tall wall of windows, offering up picture-perfect vistas of Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago River, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.
“It’s kind of like your cave on top of the world with a view,” says Toews (pronounced tayvz). “It’s all very modern, it’s new, it’s young. I just really felt it fit my personality.”
It’s also quiet, peaceful and big — three bedrooms, three baths, 2,700 square feet — big enough for family and close friends. And exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain — one of the youngest in NHL history — wanted when he searched for his first home.
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
“There are unwritten rules among the players,” Toews said, after the Blackhawks morning skate…
”It’s not a perfect world. Some guys do respect each other, and some guys don’t. You want to play hard within the rules of the game – and a lot of guys have that attitude,” Toews continued.
“But then you look at … some of these hits … and they (players) are going in at an unnecessary speed.”
And what if a player does that and then sits in the dressing room and says he didn’t mean to injure an opponent?
“If you’re going to sit there and answer questions after you hit somebody like that and say you didn’t want to hurt them - you’re lying through your teeth,” Toews said.
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Quenneville had predicted that Toews’ injury would be ``short-term,’’ but two weeks might be stretching that a bit and the progress report doesn’t sound as encouraging as it once did.
``As the days go on it fluctuates a little bit, so it’s tough to say,’’ said Quenneville. ``Sometimes (recovery) takes time. That’s where we’re at.’’...
``He does basically some workouts to find out if he can ratchet it up. That dictates where we’re at,’’ said Quenneville. ``We’re still optimistic that it’s short-term. That’s why we keep saying it’s on a day to day basis.’’
General manager Stan Bowman also said he’s ``not too concerned’’ as Toews’ injury time increases. ``Hopefully he’ll be back soon, and it is a day to day thing,’’ said Bowman. ``These things can turn around quickly. Certainly if it lingers a long time you’d begin to get worried.’’
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was crunched with an open-ice hit from Willie Mitchell in the third period and didn’t return. Defenseman Brent Seabrook also left the game with an injury as the Canucks won 3-2 at the United Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game both players would be evaluated Thursday.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews participated in a NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Could both of you touch on how Coach Quenneville has helped in your development?
PATRICK KANE: For me, I think obviously with Savard, you can make mistakes, and he’ll draw you right back there on the ice. With Joel, if you take a dumb penalty or make a couple mistakes, he’s not afraid to sit you down and things like that. He makes every shift worth it out there for you. He’s been great. I think he’s come in and done a great job for a lot of us, helped a lot of us enjoy it.
JONATHAN TOEWS: I feel the same way. He definitely expects reliability and smart team play from every player on the ice, doesn’t matter who you are. You know, I think that’s why we’ve been such a good team this year, you know, the ice team is spread out and everyone does their part. Everyone plays the same way and everyone has their role.
You know, he definitely has a lot of discipline over the players. Guys have a lot of respect for him in the locker room. You learn to play the team game with him, for sure.
... when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane collided during last night’s game against Columbus.
Both seemed to be OK and played the remainder of the game.
Yes, I have received your emails, telling me about the Toews goal last night against the Wings. Yes, great goal, and yes, Dan Cleary, playing the roll of a defenceman on the play, looked silly.