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Toews on Kane: “He’s still learning”

Jun 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup – and probably a long time before that – it was hard to imagine Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane ever splitting up. Really, it still is, but with the advent of cell phone photography, gossip hasn’t been kind to Kane and some wonder if he’ll be dealt. Toews discussed his “controversial” teammate with Brian Hedger, carrying a mostly forgiving tone.

“He’s been through some tough things. It’s arguable whether those things happened for a reason or not, but he’s still learning,” Toews said. “Now people are looking for that sort of thing and it tends to be easier for them to find it. I’m sure he’s being very hard on himself right now, but with time it will go away again and he’ll focus on hockey again.”

Still, Toews was a slight bit murky about how much hockey Kane will play with him.

“Whether a coaching staff or management thinks a change needs to be made, that’s up to them [and it’s] not really for players to worry about,” Toews said.

That sounds like a loaded comment, but he provided a similar sentiment when asked about the firing of former assistant Mike Haviland.

Perhaps Toews’ real message to Kane is to simply be a little more careful. In the grand scheme of things, Toews seems like he supports and empathizes with his teammate and partner-in-crime. He’s playing it close to the vest (as usual), yet he probably knows as well as anyone how much the two benefit from skating on the same team.

  1. zaksyuk - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Kaner ive been debating being a fan of you for a while. Due to recent events ive decided that since you skipped out on playing for a damn good team usa at the worlds to celebrate cinco de mayo, slap girls, be an ass, AND be dumb enough for it to be all over every website that covers sports i have decided your a stupid reject and i dont know why nhl 36 covered you when there is 300 other nhl players who desere a little spotlight. THANK YOU ! Yes i gave up on grammar for this comment, sue me 😀

  2. xaf605 - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Sounds like someone is jealous!

  3. mickeyb21 - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Toews learned his lessons about screwing up when he was at North Dakota. Kane still hasn’t learned his lessons even when they have been broadcasted on a larger scale. Wonder what it will take for him to finally learn to be more descreet.

    I still find this interesting as they are pretty much the same age and they joined the league at the same time.

  4. sjshark714 - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    what does he emphasize?… empathy perhaps?

    • James O'Brien - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Yes, fixed.

  5. reddawgsrule - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    He’s a spoiled, drunken brat who is gifted (in hockey) and who has no self-control. These spoiled millionaires are held to no moral or ethical standards — unless ticket sales decrease. Luckily for the child his sport (well, at least the Hawks) were out of season at the time of the last incident … he’s well known around Chicago for his drunken behavior. Noone’s going to hold him unaccountable.

  6. reddawgsrule - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    OOps meant noone’s going to hold him accountable.

  7. marim31 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    That’s rather misleading – he wasn’t talking about Kane regarding that second quote. – instead, he was talking about the “coaching dysfunction” on the Blackhawks.

  8. buffalomafia - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    So what if Pat Kane chases Fat Chow Hounds! He is from South Buffalo! Big women need love too! Lol!

  9. xaf605 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Bunch of hypocrites

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