Just days after learning Kirby Dach will miss 4-5 months due to wrist surgery, the Blackhawks experienced another devastating blow. Captain Jonathan Toews will be out indefinitely due to an unknown medical condition.
The team issued a statement this morning including individual statements from Toews himself, President of Hockey Operations Stan Bowman, and Toews’ representative Pat Brisson.
Toews expressed how he feels, and due to the fatigue he has experienced this offseason, he is working with doctors to better understand what is going on. The Blackhawks’ captain is prioritizing his health, as well as the rest of the organization, as Bowman echoed in his remarks.
Losing Toews is a huge blow to an already depleted Blackhawks team. Without the team’s top two centers, and Dylan Strome still unsigned, the depth at the center position looks thin this season.
Although reports indicate that Andrew Shaw will be ready for training camp on January 3rd, it’s uncertain who will slot in where at center for the Blackhawks in 2021.
With Toews’ timetable being uncertain, there is no indication from him or the team on when he plans to make his return this season, if at all.