Earlier on Friday, it was confirmed that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will return to the lineup for Saturday’s game against the visiting New Jersey Devils.
The 34-year-old forward last played on Jan. 28 and has been sidelined since then with what he’s revealed were the effects of long COVID-19 and chronic immune response syndrome. It also sidelined him for the entire 2021-22 campaign.
He returns tomorrow, but reporters still wanted to know if he’ll return next season. Once he was sidelined and announced that he would stay in Chicago ahead of the trade deadline, rumours emerged that Toews was considering retirement.
On Friday, he made an official statement to address any long-term plans such as retirement.
“To be fully honest, I’m not near making that decision yet,” Toews said to reporters. “I don’t feel like with what I’ve been through this year and this past season that I have enough clarity on what that decision is going to be.”
In 46 games this season, Toews has put up 14 goals and 28 points. The three-time Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013, 2015) is playing in the final season of an eight-year, $84 million contract.
But we don’t know if it is the final season of the his career. As of now.