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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.

Simmons continues, addressing numerous topics...

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Jonathan Toews has succeeded Sidney Crosby as hockey’s biggest crybaby (c)aptain...

There. Fixed that for the sake of accuracy.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/02/14 at 01:21 AM ET


What a joke.  The article should be how Jonathan Toews is on the team that best exploited cap cheating deals and is so stacked with talent their depth is almost impossible to match.

And New Jersey is losing a 1st round draft pick.  Chicago should have lost 2 - 3 1st rounders for all the cap cheating contracts they have.

Posted by tbassett on 03/02/14 at 08:38 AM ET


Chicago should have lost 2 - 3 1st rounders for all the cap cheating contracts they have.

And how many should Detroit lose?

Posted by Garth on 03/02/14 at 11:16 AM ET

blammo's avatar

I remember when this blog was laughing at Hawks management, after they had won the cup, that they were ‘one-and-done.’

Now that they are the best team in the league they are mocked for being the *only* team with cheater contracts.

Toews is a beast. The leadership he provides is one of the reasons for team Canada’s Oly win. He is a winner. He wins and he makes others around him better.

Chhicago is a joy to watch, not many NHL teams are.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 03/02/14 at 02:31 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I dunno, some of us still believe that Stan Bowman was in fact able to weather the post-first-Cup player sell-off because Dale Tallon, as it turns out, laid one hell of a foundation, and more than a few of us honestly respect the Hawks as much as we despise them here in Michigan. They’re a helluva team.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/02/14 at 02:37 PM ET


Was going to compliment Simmonds here. Not for this article making sense, mind you, but for finally learning how to write complete sentences and use paragraph breaks.

Unfortunately, he seems to have gotten sick of doing that stuff half-way through, and the article, yet again, turns into a series of disjointed, fragmentary streams of consciousness organized into big squares of unreadable smudges.

Posted by larry on 03/02/14 at 06:00 PM ET

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  Jonathan Toews has succeeded Sidney Crosby as hockey’s biggest crybaby (c)aptain…

There. Fixed that for the sake of accuracy.

Not true as they share the same pacifier.

Posted by bigfrog on 03/02/14 at 08:03 PM ET

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