Blackhawks Jonathan Toews Opens Up About Leaving Chicago

The reality has set in for Jonathan Toews. These next couple of weeks could be his last as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Toews recently returned to the team after a couple of months away while he recovers from a serious of health concerns. The Blackhawks legend appears to be healthy now, however, yes, there's still uncertainty surrounding his plans and health status for next season.

Toews caught up with the Chicago Sun-Times and had this to say to Ben Pope:

Regardless of what happens in the future this summer, it's definitely on my mind that this could be my last few weeks here in Chicago as a Blackhawk. When day after day you're just pushing through pain, it's like, to what end?. I'm at that point where it feels like more damage is being done than is a good thing. It just got to the point where I couldn't move on the ice and didn't even want to put on my skates or roll out of bed to come to the rink. So it was pretty rough. That's definitely very important for me to just go out there, enjoy the game, soak it in, and just really appreciate everything I've been able to be a part of here in Chicago - and show my appreciation to the fans as well.

Toews has admitted that Patrick Kane looks really good in a New York Rangers jersey and it's a site that has influenced the reality setting in that life goes on after being a Blackhawk.  With all the talk about Pierre-Luc Dubois leaving the Winnipeg Jets for the Montreal Canadiens, it's very possible Toews ends up signing a one or two-year contract with his hometown team.

The Blackhawks leader has won three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe, a Selke Trophy, and almost hit 900 points in over a 1,000 games in the Windy City. A fine career and something Toews should be proud of. 

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