Skip to content

Columnist: Chicago should consider shutting Toews down

Mar 1, 2012, 10:54 AM EST

Jonathan Toews Getty Images

The Chicago Daily Herald’s Barry Rozner — one of Vancouver’s favorite columnists — is asking a serious question after Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed his fifth consecutive game with a suspected concussion:

Should Chicago shut him down?

It’s an interesting query. Toews hasn’t played since sustaining the “upper-body injury” on Feb. 19 (Chicago hasn’t confirmed he has a concussion) and, most distressingly, hasn’t even been able to skate. Toews did some light off-ice exercise on Wednesday, including riding a stationary bike, but there appears to be no change in his recovery and still no timetable for return.

“We’ve got him going day-to-day,” head coach Joel Quenneville said. “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.”

A few things to consider here:

1) Toews was involved in a single-vehicle accident last Thursday, leaving the scene in an ambulance. While he later told local newspapers he was fine and the accident was “nothing serious at all,” it certainly couldn’t have helped in his recovery.

2) A source told ChicagoNow.com that Toews’ injury is indeed a concussion, with another source claiming it was suffered on Feb. 10 against San Jose. Toews stayed in the Blackhawks lineup until Feb. 19, which begs the question — did he play five games with a concussion?

3) Chicago’s head injury protocol has come under scrutiny after several players — Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Brent Seabrookreturned too quickly from their respective aliments and were forced to re-exit the lineup.

Toews, 23, also has a history of concussions dating back to 2009, when he was hit violently by then-Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell. Toews missed six games dealing with post-concussion symptoms.

Latest Posts
  1. Burgled: Sens’ Hammond shuts out Kings

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:16 AM EST

    Andrew Hammond AP

    His shutout streak is now at 172:22.

  2. Wild get important win vs. Preds (and some luck, too)

    Feb 26, 2015, 11:31 PM EST

    Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle,Jared Spurgeon,Ryan Carter, Marco Scandella AP

    Nino Niederreiter combined skill and good fortune to help his team win.

  3. Kings place Martinez on IR

    Feb 26, 2015, 11:06 PM EST

    Alec Martinez AP

    Making room for Andrej Sekera.

  4. Video: Predators, Wild exchange high-skill goals

    Feb 26, 2015, 10:30 PM EST

    Craig Smith, Mike Fisher AP

    Nice work from Craig Smith and Nino Niederreiter, respectively.

  5. Bowman: Blackhawks are ‘pretty close’ to making a trade

    Feb 26, 2015, 10:17 PM EST

    Stan Bowman AP

    The possibilities are extensive, it seems.

  6. Mason returns to Flyers fold early as Zepp gets the hook

    Feb 26, 2015, 8:52 PM EST

    Steve Mason Steve Mason

    Two goals on eight shots was enough to inspire a change.

  7. Clarkson is glad to hit ‘reset button’ in Columbus

    Feb 26, 2015, 8:37 PM EST

    David Clarkson AP

    He doesn’t regret signing with Toronto, though he’s welcoming the change.

  8. WATCH LIVE: Wild at Predators on NBCSN

    Feb 26, 2015, 8:00 PM EST

    Nashville Predators v Minnesota Wild Getty Images

    Minnesota needs this against one of the West’s best.

  9. Firing talk doesn’t bother Bruins’ Julien

    Feb 26, 2015, 7:39 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    In other news, it appears as though David Krejci is on LTIR.

  10. Report: NHL investigated alleged Clutterbuck spit on Sedin

    Feb 26, 2015, 6:32 PM EST

    New York Rangers v New York Islanders New York Rangers v New York Islanders

    Canucks requested the league take a closer look, but no evidence was found.

  11. Blackhawks deny rumors of locker room fight

    Feb 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

    Ottawa Senators v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    Head coach Joel Quenneville said it’s “all news to me.”

  12. Trade: Leafs re-acquire Brennan, send Abbott to ‘Hawks

    Feb 26, 2015, 5:30 PM EST

    Toronto Marlies Getty Images

    A familiar face goes back to the Toronto organization.

  13. Panthers acquire Jagr from Devils

    Feb 26, 2015, 4:39 PM EST

    Jaromir Jagr Sightings In Prague Getty Images

    Bold move from Florida GM Dale Tallon.

  14. Kings to unveil Luc Robitaille statue outside Staples

    Feb 26, 2015, 4:31 PM EST

    2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Six Getty Images

    Joining the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya.

  15. Welcome back: Blues re-acquire Cracknell from Columbus

    Feb 26, 2015, 4:06 PM EST

    Florida Panthers v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    Former “CPR Line” line member is headed back to St. Louis.

Featured video

Trade deadline storylines to watch
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Krejci (2479)
  2. T. Hall (2151)
  3. B. Wheeler (2134)
  4. R. Nash (1999)
  5. D. Dubnyk (1853)