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Quenneville on severity of Toews injury: “It’s tough to answer that question”

Feb 29, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

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There’s not much news coming out of Chicago about Jonathan Toews‘ suspected concussion — and for the Blackhawks, no news is not good news.

Toews is set to miss his fifth consecutive game Wednesday night against Toronto and there’s no clear timetable for his return. The ‘Hawks captain hasn’t skated since suffering the injury on Feb. 19 against St. Louis and only recently began participating in off-ice workouts, which included riding a stationary bike.

“We’ve got him going day-to-day,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville told the Sun-Times. “We’ll see how he’s progressing. Today is no change from yesterday, so hopefully he can get going soon and we can get him back on the ice.”

The ‘Hawks have lost three straight and seen their offense plummet without Toews in the lineup. They’ve scored just two goals over the last 180 minutes and are now 4-9-0 in the month of February, which has plummeted them to seventh in the Western Conference, just three points up on a slew of teams fighting for eighth (Dallas, Colorado and L.A. all have 70.)

Chicago winger Patrick Kane admits life has been difficult without Toews.

“It’s tough,” Kane said. “He’s a great player. He’s a big part of our team. Everyone knows that. But you’re going to have injuries throughout the season. They happen, so you’re going to have to deal with it.

“I know you can never replace a guy like Jonny, but at the same time, if you’re winning games without him, I’m sure it makes himself feel a little bit more at ease.”

  1. chiadam - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    For those who don’t live in Chicago and might not have heard this, Toews was loopy enough a week or so ago to drive his Benz into a support beam for the L track. He didn’t graze it or sideswipe it, he plowed right into it. That’s probably not a good sign for the remaining 18 games. The Hawks have zero chance of winning the Cup this year, so why risk turning him into Sidney Crosby? Season is over anyway. The Hawks can’t win on the road, stink on the kill, stink worse with the man advantage, have horrid goaltending, don’t defend, aren’t physical and insist on turning the puck over as often as possible. Toews can’t fix all that.

  2. hawknuts - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    hopes and prayers go out to toews

    good kid and a great hockey player

    wish you well

  3. forteallday - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Wow you sound like a someone who quits pretty easy… shame you’re from Chicago. I’m not saying to send Toews out there if he has a concussion but to throw the season away because of an injury is sounds like a cop out. You should take out a quote from Vince Lambardi i’m sure it speaks volumes about you “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

    • chiadam - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      What do you want from me? They’re at the bottom of the league in penalty kill and power play. They’re at the bottom of the league in goals against. They’re at the bottom of the league in every meaningful goalie metric. They can’t win on the road. They’re 4-12-1 over their last 16 games. Their best player and #3 defenseman have concussions. When they play defense, they can’t score. When they score, they can’t play defense. Those are issues, and they’re real. It’s not like I’m reacting to a two-game skid.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      I would love for the Blackhawks to make a deep run this year.

      I would also love to not shorten Toews’ career any more (and it likely has been shortened) just in the hopes of making it to the second round this year.

      Crawford just doesn’t have it this year. The D in front of him hasn’t been very consistent, and they just aren’t holding the puck like they have in the past. Any one of these can’t be overcome. All three? Eight ball says outlook not so good.

      The rest of the core hasn’t stepped up to fill the giant hole Toews’ absence hasn’t created. And they’re also dressing five rookies now.

      Shut Toews down for the year and take whatever you can get.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM


        “Any one of these can’t can be overcome.”

  4. wj4122 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I love the hawks. But Chicago fans could learn a thing or two from the royals fans in baseball and never give up hope on the team you love. We love them because they are the hawks, and that’s why we stick by them and believe in them even against the odds. It wasn’t long ago that they were sitting pretty as a top 3 seed.

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