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Quenneville believes Jonathan Toews is cleared for contact

Mar 31, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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Finally some good news for the Chicago Blackhawks regarding Jonathan Toews.

Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports Hawks coach Joel Quenneville believes Toews has been cleared for contact. While the Blackhawks are on the road in Nashville, Toews stayed back in Chicago to do more skating.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane tells Myers he can’t wait for the team to clinch a playoff spot and be fully loaded again.

“It’s going to be nice, for sure, when we do clinch a spot,” Patrick Kane said. “It’ll be nice when that happens, and even nicer tonight knowing we have some of our best players hopefully coming back in the net few games; and we can keep getting better as a team and not worry about clinching a spot.”

The Blackhawks have done just fine without Toews, but getting their best centerman back from a concussion will be a huge lift for the team. With Toews out, the Blackhawks have had to rely heavier on Dave Bolland and occasionally Marcus Kruger and Brendan Morrison as well. There have been spurts of solid play from them, when they’re not hurt, but they don’t compare with Toews.

Just what the Western Conference playoffs needed, another solid team getting healthy.

  1. wj4122 - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    The only question that will remain for the rest of the year and into the playoffs is…..goaltending. The most important position on the ice! I love the hawks and they can be the most talented at times with the line up they have especially if everyone is healthy. But the goaltending will be and has been for most of the season the biggest question And doubt from most critics

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      That’s true. As it was in 2010. It was questioned right up until the very end.

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