Report: Jonathan Toews will not be traded, dealing with illness

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will not be traded this season per a report by Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff.

According to Seravalli, Toews needs more time to recover from his latest illness as he’s been out since January 28.

Jonathan Toews will not be traded

Jonathan Toews
Apr 23, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

This is pretty devastating news for the Blackhawks rebuilding plans.

Toews, 34, is in the final season of his eight-year contract signed in 2014. The three-time Stanley Cup champion has registered 28 points in 46 games to date in 2022-23. It is not known if he will be shutting it down for the remainder of the year.

“I’m still dealing with the symptoms of Long COVID and Chronic Immune Response Syndrome,” Toews said in a statement. “In the last few weeks, it has reached a point where I had no choice but to step back and concentrate on getting healthy.”

Update: Blackhawks hope Toews will play again this season.

The question moving forward is what Toews will do this offseason? Based on comments made by GM Kyle Davidson in November, there appears to be a path to re-singing with the Blackhawks.

“We’ve always had a vision for Jonathan of being part of the culture-building and being that leader that has been through it all, seen it all, and can help us usher in that next era,” Davidson said. “So I don’t think it changes anything there. Maybe from other teams, it changes their plans on whether they’re going to call or not… He has a lot of value for us.”

A decision was expected from both Toews and Patrick Kane this week on waiving their full no-move clauses prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 3. It looks like Toews has made his early.