Jonathan Toews Will Not Sign Day 1 Of Free Agency, Possibly Not At All

Jonathan Toews has struggled more recently in his career with health and it has caused his playing future to come into question. One thing is for certain, he is not returning to the Chicago Blackhawks despite the team looking to surround future number one overall pick Connor Bedard with some better talent.

After missing the entire 2020-21 season, the 35-year-old hasn't been the same. He can still play at a high level and serve as a middle-six centerman, but at what cost? He only suited up for 53 games this season and scored 15 goals and 31 points, much better than his season prior when he returned from a year off.

Toews' agent Pat Brisson said that he will not be a day one free agent signing and that he is still deliberating his future and whether or not he wants to continue playing. Toews has been a long time captain, is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Selke Trophy winner, Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, and was named one of NHL's 100 greatest players.

After playing his entire career in Chicago, there's a possibility he takes on a lesser role in his home country or hometown, but we'll have to wait past the start of free agency to find out.

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