Report: Huge Hint Dropped On Jonathan Toews' NHL Future

It's been a sad situation that we've watched unfold over the past couple of years for three-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Toews. The effects of Long Covid have sapped him of his ability to compete in the NHL at a high level. We came into this offseason knowing that there were basically two options for the unrestricted free agent: sign with the Edmonton Oilers, or retire. 

Now, according to Mark Spector of Sportsnet, a stunning revelation has brought Toews' future more clearly into view:

Word is Toews won’t play next season. When his agency sent out its list of pending free agents, we are told his name was not even on the list. 

If his agents aren't even pushing for teams to have a look at the 35-year-old, that certainly hints at a looming retirement. As Masters wrote, "the player is not giving off a vibe that he’s ready to resume his career."

The Blackhawks announced, after 15 seasons, that they would not be re-signing their captain. One of the most decorated players of this generation, Toews had six All-Star appearances, three Stanley Cups, and a Conn Smythe Trophy in Chicago.

But he missed 29 games last season due to his physical ailments, and recorded just 31 points and a troubling minus-31 after a career of remarkable two-way play. He was an incredible plus-195 in his first twelve seasons, and it became sad to watch him lose his effectiveness due to his debilitating health problems. 

If this is it for Toews, we wish him a return to health in his hockey retirement, and congratulate him on a legendary career. 

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