The Chicago Blackhawks have had an interesting year. From a shortened season, to a potential new young core, the team had no shortage of storylines that unfolded. Those even included the retirements of longtime Blackhawks Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw.
There is one storyline, however, that has gone completely unanswered: When will captain Jonathan Toews return to the team?
On Wednesday, President of Hockey Operations Stan Bowman addressed the media. Bowman said that he’s been in contact with Toews, and spoke with him a few weeks ago.
“We talked for about 15-20 minutes. It was good to connect with him and catch up. That’s the update I have, though. I don’t have anything more than that. We’re hopeful he’ll be back, but we’re going to let it play out and we’ll see. It’s uncharted waters here. The situation came up and we’re taking it as it comes. When we have more information, we’ll pass that along. I don’t have another update on that right now.”– Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews, NBC Sports Chicago
While it isn’t the update many expected, it was refreshing to hear Bowman talk about it. The team is very much respecting Toews’ privacy and that seems to be plan moving forward as well. The fact Toews is staying in contact with the team should be seen as a positive.
Longtime teammate and alternate captain Patrick Kane was also asked about Toews. The three-time Stanley Cup Champion preached the importance of their captain to the team.
“I miss him in a lot of ways. Off the ice, he’s a great leader and great friend. So you miss him just in that sense. And then obviously on the ice, for me, it makes things a lot easier, too.”– Patrick Kane On Jonathan Toews, NBC Sports Chicago
Kane also went on to discuss the importance of Toews in the face-off circle and how easy it is to take what they had for granted. As it stands right now, the team remains hopeful he’ll return for the 2021-22 season.