Toews -- who acknowledged he was sidelined with CERS -- has begun preparing for the 2021-22 season and fully intends on returning to action, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports. Fantasy players in dynasty formats who hung on to Toews throughout the previous season will be encouraged by this latest news. If given the all-clear, the 33-year-old center should retake his spot on the first line and No. 1 power play and figures to get back over the 20-goal threshold this year, a mark he has missed just once in his 13-year NHL career.
When asked about Toews (undisclosed) on Wednesday, general manager Stan Bowman said "I talked to Jonathan a couple weeks ago. He's doing well. We talked for 15-20 minutes about our team and non-hockey stuff... We're hopeful he'll be back, but we're going to let it play out and we'll see. It's unchartered waters here," Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Toews missed the entirety of the 2020-21 season due to an undisclosed issue, and the Blackhawks still have yet to release any details regarding the specific reason for his absence. At this point Toews' status for the 2021-22 campaign remains up in the air, but additional updates should presumably surface ahead of next year's training camp.
Toews (undisclosed) isn't expected to return this season, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. We still don't know the reason for Toews' absence. Nevertheless, the team believes his health is improving and he's on track to return for the 2021-22 campaign. The 32-year-old center played all 70 games during the 2019-20 campaign and accrued 60 points.
The Blackhawks have placed Toews (undisclosed) on long-term injured reserve, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Toews still has no timetable for a return, but he'll have to miss the Blackhawks' next 10 games at a minimum now that he's been placed on long-term injured reserve. The Blackhawks haven't released any additional details regarding Toews' undisclosed issue since late December, and at this point it isn't clear if he'll be available at any point during the 2020-21 campaign.
In a statement released by the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Toews said "This offseason, I've been experiencing symptoms that have left me feeling drained and lethargic. I am working with doctors so I can better understand my condition. Until I can get my health back to a place where I feel I can perform at an elite level and help my team, I will not be joining the Blackhawks for training camp. I do not have a timetable for when I will rejoin the team." Although details are sparse, Toews' statement would seem to suggest that he and his doctors are still working to determine the specific nature of his condition, indicating he won't be back on the ice anytime soon. At this point it's impossible to say when Toews may be ready to return, so fantasy managers considering him on draft day should take the fact that he may miss, at a minimum, a large portion of the shortened 2020-21 campaign into consideration.
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