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Five Hawks for the Hall

The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger suggests that five members of the Chicago Blackhawks are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy candidates already:

Joel Quenneville, the man who is third on the all-time regular-season coaching wins list and the owner of three Stanley Cup rings as head coach.

Duncan Keith, the Canadian defenceman whose trophy case continues to balloon, thanks to three Cups, the 2015 Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman, and two Olympic gold medals.

Patrick Kane, who has been a key cog in the Hawks Cup runs, scoring the title-winning goal against Philly in 2010, then setting up Keith for exact same thing in Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Jonathan Toews, the valiant captain of this dynasty who himself has hoisted the Cup three times and has two Olympic gold medals as well.

And Marian Hossa, three-time Cup champion and supremely skilled two-way player who has 1,056 career points and is just 14 goals shy of 500.

With these five, along with defenceman Brent Seabrook, making up the heart-and-soul core of this team, how can anyone be surprised at the renewed success these Hawks continue to have?

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No Frustration From Chicago’s Captain

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"It’s not time to get frustrated, it’s not time to give up. You stay with it and eventually something clicks and when it does, it feels really good," Toews said in an almost jovial tone. "This is the time of year where you just empty the tank, throw everything you can at them. You just continue no matter what. You don’t make excuses. You don’t throw in the towel. You keep working for that offense. It comes at a price, too."

It’s hard not to believe him; he’s done it too many times not to.

Let’s give the Lightning a little credit here too, right? Tampa’s top defensive duo of Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman has been downright awesome so far; which in part is why it might make sense to keep Toews and Kane apart from here on out to make that matchup more difficult for the Lightning. Cedric Paquette's checking line, which opened the scoring Saturday night, has also been good against Toews.

It’s the Cup finals, the competition is fierce. No one gets to go out there and own every shift like it’s a November night in Buffalo.

"They’re working hard, they’re playing good hockey, playing smart, defensive hockey," Toews answered when asked what the Bolts were doing to his line. "We just got to stay with it. I think Saad had a great chance 2-on-1 early in the game, I had a great chance where it bounced right off my stick -- great setup by Kaner -- so one of those go in, maybe you’re not sitting here asking those questions as much."

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Patrick Kane And Jonathan Toews Continue To Impress

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Chicago’s win sets up an intriguing final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a young up-and-coming team that probably reminds the Blackhawks of where they were back in, say, 2009, when their extraordinary run of playoff success started. Back then, Kane and Toews were just a couple of newbies, highly touted young players who had their whole professional lives in front of them.

How would that go? Who could really say?

But now, eight years into their respective careers, the answers have flooded in, and they are among the most decorated players of their generation. Toews, at 27, has two Olympic gold medals on his résumé, a world junior championship, plus two Stanley Cup championships, with a decent chance at winning a third. Kane, 26, took home silver Olympic medals when Toews won gold, but has been integral in the Blackhawks’ rise too – from a sorry, poorly run organization to one that hums along on all cylinders, willing to take bold steps and big chances to win in the now, because championships are what matters in pro sports, not close calls.

Next year, Toews’s and Kane’s salaries rise by about $4-million (U.S.), which will create new salary-cap headaches for general manager Stan Bowman. So time may be of the essence.

“We’ve had some good accomplishments in here, some things to be proud of, but at the same time, who knows if these opportunities are going to come around this often?” Kane acknowledged. “We thought we were right there last year and didn’t get the job done. This team learns from different experiences and different mistakes and tries to incorporate that.”

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Simmons talks Leafs GM and Hawks/Bolts’ cap management

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:

Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...

Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...

Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.

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If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...

When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.

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Toews’ late goals can’t snuff out resilient Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night was nothing less than wild and woolly. Jonathan Toews' 2 late-3rd-period goals gave erased a 4-2 deficit (and the Ducks' initial 3-0 lead) and forced overtime...

But 45 seconds into overtime, Matt Beleskey erased the Hawks' comeback, and gave the Ducks a 3-games-to-2 series lead via a 5-4 OT victory:

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The All-Star Game was odd, but there were some bright moments

Those of you who like goals might have found the record-breaking 17-12 tally tolerable, and those of you who dislike the fan voting may have found Ryan Johansen's naming as the game's MVP on a night that Team Toews defeated Johansen's Team Foligno--via a 4-goal performance from John Tavares, a 3 goal-plus-3-assist performance from Jakub Voracek and 5-point nights for Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron (1 goal + 4 assists)--to be the ultimate, "This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter" exclamation point...

But Tavares spoke glowingly of the experience of being named an All-Star having grown up watching the games and being honored by and grateful for the opportunity of playing among the league's best, and there was this:

So the All-Star Game was an event in itself, and now it's over, with all of us expecting this come a year from now:

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Some of the same, some different as Road to the Winter Classic prepares to kick off

USA Today's Ted Berg spoke with the producers of Epix' version of The Road to the Winter Classic, and I guess this was inevitable...

In a small, dark room in lower Manhattan, Fritz Mitchell stares at a computer monitor as video editors tap away on computer keyboards, cuing up footage of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

Leonsis, interviewed in an otherwise empty hockey arena, is discussing the progress of his team's most recognizable star — forward Alex Ovechkin — and so animatedly sings the veteran's praises that Mitchell and his crew struggle to find "room tone," the arena's background hum, a note necessary for seamlessly splicing together the highlights of the interview.

"(Leonsis) seems approachable, like a regular guy," says Mitchell, a producer on the fourth season of Road to the NHL Winter Classic, which debuts [Tuesday] on Epix at 10 ET.

"We're going to make him a character," says executive producer Ross Greenburg from a couch a few feet away.

But the fact that Epix' folks claim that they want the players and coaches to "forget the cameras" after the level of--if you'll pardon me for being a blunt Red Wings fan--"embedded" journalism in HBO's 24/7 had become post-Bryzgalov guerilla journalism, i.e., "Let's try to find someone else who's wild" to the point that Mike Babcock and Ken Holland finishing each other's sentences and Todd Bertuzzi drinking beer may have been the most "human" moments of a 247 that had the Wings and Leafs stumbling their way through a December spent trying not to embarrass themselves, or be embarrassed for exploitative purposes:

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Seidenberg hits Toews from behind and a disagreement regarding intent ensues

The Chicago Blackhawks defated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Boston on Thursday night, and Jonathan Toews was reported to be okay after sustaining this hit from Dennis Seidenberg:

However, per Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian...

And per the Associated Press:

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Video- Jonathan Toews, Serious Or Not

A Cabbie presentation...

 

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Video- Toews, Crosby And Lundqvist Talk Leadership With George Stroumboulopoulos

via Sportsnet,

 

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Johathan Toews And Patrick Kane Agree To Contract Extensions Through 2022-23 Season

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

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Report- Kane And Toews Asking For $12M Per Year

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Dreger’s ‘Off-Season Watch’: on Heatley and Malone, Kesler’s situation, Hawks, etc.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun posited a set of "Rumblings," and TSN's summarized a similar amount of rumor fodder posited by Darren Dreger:

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.

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Jonathan Toews talks about his and Patrick Kane’s contract extensions

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.

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Summarizing the GM’s meetings in Twitter form, plus ESPN’s LeBrun’s ‘Rumblings’

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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Tipping my hat to the Blackhawks as the team prepares to ‘reload’

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:

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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

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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Crosby Or Toews?

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.

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Jonathan Toews Expected Back For The Playoffs

added 2:56pm, Coach Quenneville on the injury news and the hit on Toews, watch below...

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Video- Jonathan Toews Injured After Big Hit From Brooks Orpik

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.

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Simmons: Jonathan Toews is the NHL’s franchise-building player

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.

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Jonathan Toews Grants A Youngster’s Wish

For a 4-year-old, Nicholas Skretkowski handles being on the blades like a pro...

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Video- Basically A Tampa Bay Own Goal Late In The Game

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....

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Toews Has More To Give

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.”

Yes, 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?

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Evening Line

"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.

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Morning Line

"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.

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Afternoon Line

“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.

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Afternoon Line

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Toews Skates With The Kids

Jonathan Toews visited Port aux Basques (southwestern tip of Newfoundland) and skated with some hockey kids.

Video via CBC,

 

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Toews On The Campaign Trail

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…

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Video- Blackhawks Win To Play Another Day

Sorry for the delay of this post, I will admit it, I feel asleep and woke up riding some bike race through the mountains.

Panic struck!

Thanks to this OT goal by Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.

Phoenix still leads the series 3-2.

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Toews Still Not Ready For Game Action

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.

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Toews Close To A Return

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.”

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Toews Comeback From Concussion Is On Hold

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.

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All Part Of The Process

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.

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Toews Making Progress Towards A Return

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.

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Should Toews Sit The Rest Of The Season?

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.”

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Report- Toews Involved In Car Accident

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.”

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Toews Out Tonight, Listed As Day-To-Day

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.”

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Toews Out Until After The ASG

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.

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Should Toews Skip The All-Star Festivities?

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?

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Strong Up the Middle

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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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Toews For The Hart?

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.

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Toews Out For About Two Weeks

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.

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Toews Out With Upper-Body Injury

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 10:21pm, added video of the hit below, not the best of quality….

added 10:40pm, better quality video can be watched below…

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/08/10

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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The Speed Machine

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…

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Manitoba Government Meant No Disrespect When Naming Lake After Toews

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.

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Blackhawks Will Have Some Great Memories

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.”

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Toews With The Cup

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”.

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