What the ever-living hell else can possibly go wrong at this point for the Blackhawks?
On Tuesday morning, Jonathan Toews released the following statement:
“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.
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
I am grateful for the continuous support from and ongoing communication with the Blackhawks organization. Stan Bowman, Rocky Wirtz, Danny Wirtz, Jeremy Colliton and my teammates have been nothing but understanding of my situation, and I appreciate them standing by me.
To Blackhawks fans, I will continue to do whatever I can to get back on the ice and return to play the game I love for the team I love. I will not be making any further comment at this time and ask everyone to please respect my privacy as I focus on my health and recovery.”
This sounds ominous from the captain, so our hopes are absolutely that he can find a way back to full health.
This has been a brutal offseason for the Hawks. In review, the Blackhawks traded Brandon Saad to Colorado and let Corey Crawford leave as a free agent. Then the organization effectively lost Alex Nylander and Kirby Dach for the regular season, they haven’t signed Dylan Strome yet and now we’re learning that Toews will miss an extended period of time.