Toews May Not Return Until The Playoffs And That’s OK
Jonathan Toews sat out again Thursday with lingering concussion symptoms. With just one game left in the regular season, it’s becoming doubtful that he will be able to return before the start of the playoffs. Considering the amount of speculation about his return, then the disappointment that followed, it would seem that many believe Toews needs a game or two to get ready for playoff action. Not the case.
He still might play Saturday in the Hawks regular season finale against Detroit, but it’s not an absolute must that he suits up to get ready. Only a year ago Dave Bolland returned from a concussion midway through the Vancouver playoff series, providing a much-needed spark for the Blackhawks as they pushed the series to the brink, eventually losing in overtime in game seven.
Bolland showed the Hawks first hand that a player can return from a concussion in a high-paced playoff atmosphere and contribute immediately. With Toews skating daily and now traveling with the team his return appears imminent. But he should still wait until he’s ready. The last thing the Hawks need is a Sidney Crosby-like situation where he returns then immediately has another set back.
With the Hawks playing well, despite the power play struggles, Toews can afford to sit until he is absolutely in the clear. Then we can expect a full return from one of the game’s most impactful players. One thing is certain, matching the intensity of the playoffs won’t be a problem for Captain Serious.
— Rob Winn