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Jonathan Toews isn’t thrilled with the idea of waiting out a lengthy rebuild now that Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson has fully embraced that strategy.

“At the end of the day, we’re talking about a five-plus-year process, according to Kyle,” Toews told The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus. “So that part of it doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. I can’t speak for (Patrick Kane), but I definitely feel that the amount of turnover our team has gone through every single year these last three or four years, that’s where it gets really, really draining. And exhausting.”

Toews cited the recent trades Davidson pulled off at the draft, in which he dealt a bona fide star forward to the Ottawa Senators and sent 21-year-old Kirby Dach – who Chicago drafted third overall just three years ago – to the Montreal Canadiens.

“You have a guy like Alex DeBrincat who was under Kaner’s wing. And I like to think that Kirby and I had that bond in some ways, too. And out they go, out the door,” the 34-year-old Toews said. “Over and over, we’ve seen that turnover. I’m learning to be more patient, but there’s no doubt that timeline is pretty daunting. … I’m not going to sit here and say what I’m going to do or what the future holds for me, because I really don’t know.”

Davidson’s roster purge started well before the offseason. After underachieving despite adding Marc-Andre Fleury and Seth Jones over a four-day span last July, the Blackhawks traded forward Brandon Hagel to the Tampa Bay Lightning before the deadline in March. Hagel, a promising winger in his own right, was under contract through 2023-24.

“When we traded Hags, and then Cat and Kirby, reality really set in that, OK, this is where we’re at, and they’ve got to really focus on the future,” Toews said. “And it’s just unfortunate that it’s come to that. But it is what it is. So much of that stuff has been out of my control for quite some time, and it’s a weird place to be in as a captain.”

Toews also noted that seeing Evgeni Malkin – who’ll turn 36 on Sunday – re-sign with the perennially competitive Pittsburgh Penguins “definitely puts things in perspective” in terms of the Blackhawks captain’s own situation.

The accomplished Canadian center can become an unrestricted free agent after next season. He and Kane – who’s in the same boat contractually – have full no-movement clauses, so they’d have to approve any trades that would send them elsewhere.

The Chicago Blackhawks are in full rebuild mode following a dismal 2021-22 season, calling into question the futures of franchise staples Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Despite the uncertainty, general manager Kyle Davidson said there’s “absolutely” still a spot for the three-time Stanley Cup winners in the Windy City.

“I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Davidson told reporters Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Ben Pope. “What their roles are and how they fit into things, that’s part of the dialogue that we’re having.”

He added: “Having them around is something we’re never going to shy away from because they can show this next wave of players how it’s done. And you never know, maybe they could be part of (this) when we’re back to having success.”

Davidson added the Blackhawks’ return to postseason relevancy may be a slow one.

“It’s not that we don’t want to win as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s just when you look at the bigger picture, you realize it might take a little longer than (the players) may hope, perhaps.”

Toews, who’s captained the team since 2008, called for more communication between himself, the coaching staff, and the front office last month amid a losing skid.

Those comments came after Toews was noncommittal on his future with Chicago following the Blackhawks’ trade of talented forward Brandon Hagel to the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to the deadline in March.

“Now, all of a sudden, you realize no one on our team is safe, and we could all be going in different directions in the near future – it’s pretty discouraging,” Toews told The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus at the time.

Chicago finished seventh in the Central Division with a 28-42-12 record.

After missing the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign with chronic immune response syndrome, Toews put up 37 points in 71 games this season. Kane had a stellar year, logging 26 goals and 66 assists in 78 contests.

Both players have one season remaining on identical eight-year, $84-million deals.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely because of a concussion.

The 33-year-old Toews got hurt during Wednesday night’s 8-5 win at Detroit, but he played through the game. The center reported symptoms to the team’s medical staff on Thursday.

“We’re going to miss him, but we’re making sure we do the right thing by this,” interim coach Derek King said. “and there’s no timeframe. It’s when he’s feeling right. You can’t mess around with this stuff, so we’ll just go day by day every day and see how he’s feeling.”

Toews has four goals and 15 assists in 43 games after he missed all of last season with what he described as chronic immune response syndrome. He also has a 58.6 faceoff win percentage.

“He’s obviously our leader. He drives the bus for this team,” forward Sam Lafferty said before Friday night’s game against Colorado. “So we’re definitely going to miss him tonight, and I think just collectively everyone’s got to pull a little bit more.”

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hasn’t quite found his groove yet after missing all of the 2020-21 campaign with chronic inflammatory response syndrome.

“I’m definitely not satisfied or happy with where (my game) is at. Just got to keep working and stay patient and try to build up more energy, more pace, more speed on the ice,” he said Tuesday after the Blackhawks’ 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Ben Pope.

Toews has failed to score a goal in 19 games so far this season – a drought he had never experienced in his lengthy career. The last time the 33-year-old lit the lamp in an NHL game was Aug. 18, 2020, against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Edmonton playoff bubble.

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen a puck go in, obviously. Definitely like scoring goals,” Toews said, according to The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus. “So I’d like to get going in that area. Just got to keep working through it. I’m not really sure what else to say at this point.”

Toews is at least feeling comfortable enough to set up plays, with eight assists under his belt in the early goings of the year.

“Mentally, I feel confident with the puck and feel like I can make plays, and there’s just times when you can’t take chances,” he said, per Pope.

With Toews on the ice at five-on-five, Chicago has controlled less than half of the shot attempts and high-danger chances while being outscored 12-7 so far this campaign, according to Natural Stat Trick.

The Blackhawks are tied for the third-fewest goals in the league (41) and own the third-worst goal differential (-21).

Chicago currently sits second-last in the Central Division, ahead of just the listless Arizona Coyotes, with a record of 6-11-2. The franchise fired head coach Jeremy Colliton earlier this month and has since gone 5-2-0 with interim bench boss Derek King at the helm.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews shed some light Wednesday on the previously undisclosed medical issue that kept him off the ice for the entire 2020-21 NHL season, and he said he’s working his way toward a return.

“I just think there’s a lot of things that just kind of piled up, where my body just fell apart,” Toews said in a video. “So what they’re calling it was chronic immune response syndrome, where I just couldn’t quite recover and my immune system was reacting to everything that I did.”

“Any kind of stress, anything that I would do throughout the day, it was always kind of a stress response,” he continued. “So, took some time. That was the frustrating part, was not really knowing when or how we were gonna get over the hump. “

Toews was ruled out indefinitely in late December and said at the time he felt “drained and lethargic.” The Blackhawks’ captain thinks his bout with COVID-19 in February 2020 could have precipitated his ensuing illness.

“I have a hard time mentioning the word COVID because then everyone’s asking about it, and that’s going to be the headline,” Toews told The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus. “So I’m trying to stay away from that. And I’m not a doctor, but from what I’ve learned about a lot of these COVID long-haulers is that a lot of them had pre-existing conditions or some kind of stress they’re dealing with, and all of a sudden, (COVID) is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

“That’s why I look at this thing as a whole. I think a lot of things just came to a head. My body has been under so much stress for a long time. I’ve had some different times where I just hit the wall. I don’t think I ever really recovered the way I should.”

Toews posted 60 points in 70 regular-season games during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign before authoring a vintage playoff performance in the bubble; he averaged a point per game through nine postseason contests as Chicago surprisingly topped the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in Round 1.

Toews has spent his entire career with the Blackhawks, who drafted him third overall in 2006. While captaining the franchise, Toews has captured three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe, and a Selke while registering 815 points in 943 games. The 33-year-old has two seasons remaining on his contract.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the start of the upcoming campaign due to an illness and there is no timetable for his return, the team announced Tuesday.

“This offseason, I’ve been experiencing symptoms that have left me feeling drained and lethargic. I am working with doctors so I can better understand my condition,” Toews said.

“Until I can get my health back to a place where I feel I can perform at an elite level and help my team, I will not be joining the Blackhawks for training camp. I do not have a timetable for when I will rejoin the team. I am extremely disappointed, but it wouldn’t be fair to myself or my teammates to attempt to play in my current condition.”

Toews registered 60 points in 70 games last season while finishing 15th in Selke Trophy voting and also added five goals with four assists in nine postseason contests.

Chicago’s center depth will be put to the test early, as the Blackhawks expect phenom Kirby Dach to miss the first four-to-five months after undergoing wrist surgery.

Dylan Strome, who remains an unsigned restricted free agent, is projected as the team’s top center to begin the campaign, followed by offseason additions Carl Soderberg and Lucas Wallmark.

The Chicago Blackhawks‘ veteran core – Jonathan ToewsPatrick KaneDuncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook – is fed up with the organization’s early offseason moves, according to The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus.

“They’re pissed. The core guys have had enough,” one source said.

Toews told Lazerus the club’s offseason transactions don’t align with his desire to win.

“Bottom line is, I want to win,” Toews said. “The expectation for the other leaders on this team and myself is to come ready to training camp every year to be a playoff team. We prepare ourselves to win a Cup for our fans.

“I’ve never been told that we were going through a rebuild. That has never been communicated to me, for that matter. A lot of this comes as a shock because it’s a completely different direction than we expected.”

This offseason, the Blackhawks have let longtime goaltender Corey Crawford walk in free agency, traded forward Brandon Saad, and failed to extend qualifying offers to reliable depth pieces in Drake Caggiula and Slater Koekkoek.

Each of those moves made Chicago’s roster weaker on paper. They also come just months after the 12th-seeded Blackhawks eliminated the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is challenging himself and others in a place of privilege to approach the fight against racial injustice with compassion and empathy.

“Compassion to me is at least trying to feel and understand what someone else is going through,” Toews said on Instagram. “For just a moment maybe I can try to see the world through their eyes.

“My message isn’t for black people and what they should do going forward. My message is to white people to open our eyes and our hearts. That’s the only choice we have, otherwise this will continue.”

Protests against racism and police brutality began across North America in response to George Floyd’s death Monday in Minneapolis. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after now-former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee for over eight minutes while Floyd was in handcuffs. Chauvin was fired and has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“I can’t pretend for a second that I know what it feels like to walk in a black man’s shoes,” Toews wrote. “However, seeing the video of George Floyd’s death and the violent reaction across the country moved me to tears.

“It has pushed me to think how much pain are black people and other minorities really feeling? What have Native American people dealt with in both Canada and the U.S.? What is it really like to grow up in their world? Where am I ignorant about the privileges that I may have that others don’t?”

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who is part of the small minority of black players in the NHL, challenged high-profile athletes to use their platforms to denounce injustice.

Toews joins several other players, including Kane’s teammate Logan CoutureBlake WheelerAnze KopitarKyle TurrisBrian Boyle, and Connor Carrick who have since spoken out. Kane said it’s “a small step in the right direction” to see white NHL players taking a stance against racism.

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The Chicago Blackhawks were blown out on home ice on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils. Captain Jonathan Toews was noticeably frustrated after the tilt.

“Just embarrassing,” Toews told NBC’s Charlie Roumeliotis. “Pretty tough all around. Not much to say.”

The Devils, who recently traded star forward Taylor Hall to Arizona, own the second-worst record in the entire NHL.

Toews called out his team’s effort level.

“There’s no games where you can cakewalk and it just looks like that was our assumption tonight,” he said.

The Blackhawks entered the evening coming off two impressive victories over the Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche, but they’ll enter the Christmas break on a sour note, sitting eight points out of a playoff spot.

“Enough’s enough,” he continued. “We’ve talked about being pissed off, we can’t keep letting this slide.”

Toews is second on the team with 27 points in 38 games.

Jonathan Toews would have liked to see his hometown team vie for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Blackhawks captain’s own club missed the playoffs for just the second time in his career and the first time since his rookie season in 2008. He admitted that though it pains him to see any other team lift the trophy, if he had to pick, he would have preferred the Winnipeg Jets to go the distance.

“I definitely don’t want to see any team win the Cup,” Toews told TSN’s Kara Wagland. “I won’t be happy to see someone else hoist it at the end of it all. But I was asked this question numerous times and being from Winnipeg, I think it would have been great for the city, and just knowing how passionate those fans are and how much they love the game. To see their team do well, I was secretly kind of rooting for them if I had to pick somebody.”

The Jets came up short, losing in five games to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final.

Meanwhile, Toews remains confident that the Blackhawks will return to the playoffs next season.

“Absolutely,” Toews said. “I think we all were disappointed and kind of shocked as to how the second half of our season went this year and we’re all kind of feeling that sting pretty good. So I think everyone’s going to be excited to bring their best hockey forward next year. We know that’s the goal.”