Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews linked to Canadian team.
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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews linked to Canadian team.

Will the long time captain of the Chicago Blackhawks finish his career in his home country?

Jonathan Larivee

Given the concerns surrounding his health over the course of the last season you can hardly blame fans for thinking that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has reached the end of his career in the National Hockey League, but a recent report may suggest that any talk of a Toews retirement may be premature.

Toews is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and with the Blackhawks in a total rebuild it seems unlikely that he factors into their future plans. Interestingly enough though, there is talk of Toews returning north of the border to his home country of Canada for one final run at the Stanley Cup.

From Mark Spector:

There is some talk in Edmonton about Jonathan Toews at 4C, pushing the newly re-signed Derek Ryan to a preferred spot at right wing. Toews is at a crossroads, done with the Blackhawks but reportedly unsure about what comes next.

When weighing in important factors like Toews' declining play as well as the ongoing concerns surrounding his health, this would have to be a short term deal somewhere near the league minimum salary for the Oilers to even consider such a move. That being said adding Toews would add a multi-time Stanley Cup winner to the Oilers locker room and would give them a ton of experience on their fourth line as well.

The Oilers do however have a connection to Toews with former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in the fold, so keep your eyes peeled for this potential move on the part of the Oilers.