Chicago Blackhawks: Finally a positive Jonathan Toews update

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Jonathan Toews is one of the greatest players in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks. That is why it was devastating when we heard that he was going to be out for the 2020-21 short season. It was never really confirmed ever that he would miss the whole year, people just assumed it based on the length of the season and how things were described. It was really tough to see.

He was so good in the “return to play” bubble against the Edmonton Oilers which made you wonder even more what could be wrong with him. His performance was a big key in them getting past the Oilers and having a chance to face the Vegas Golden Knights. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for his encore.

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks finally went public with everything.

On Wednesday morning, Jonathan Toews put a video on his social media pages giving a bit of an update. It was diagnosed as Chronic Immune Response Syndrome that kept him out for the entire year. It is tough to hear that he dealt with something like that but the good news is that he announced he will return this upcoming season.

It genuinely sounds like Jonathan Toews is excited to return to the United Center and play in front of all these fans. We assume that it will be rocking at 100 percent capacity for the first time since late 2019-20 before the pandemic. It should be very special for a lot of people to see Toews skating around ready to go. Seeing him post a video like this is incredible.

Toews is 33 years old and has two more years making 10.5 million against the salary cap. He isn’t really worth that type of salary anymore but the Hawks still desperately need him as their number one center during those two years. He still has a lot of great play left in him, make no mistake about it. It may take a minute to get his regular-season legs under him because he has been off for so long but if anyone can surprise some people, it’s Toews.

We don’t know what kind of hockey moves the Blackhawks are going to make this summer but making sure Jonathan Toews is comfortable should be a top priority. He deserves to be a part of a line that he feels comfortable driving with his abilities. After all that time off, you have to assume that he is putting in the work to reward the team for sticking with him.

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It should be a lot of fun to watch him lead this young team. They have a lot of issues going on right now but Toews being healthy and ready to go is something to smile about. Not only is he one of the best in team history but in the history of the city.