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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Safety Means Nothing

By Keith Schultz
Jan 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) reacts during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) reacts during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The NHL is set to suspend Jonathan Toews for one game because he’s going to miss the All-Star game due to illness.  I understand that there has to be a rule in place so that there isn’t a mass exodus of stars from the All-Star game because they don’t want to be at the festivities and choose a week off instead, but if the Captain is sick and probably could hand in a doctor’s note so it seems like the NHL is taking a stance against safety.

Is it really safe for a player that is sick to play in a game that is strictly an exhibition? It’s a 3 on 3 tournament and isn’t even a real game with nothing on the line but entertainment.  Player safety is supposed to be the most important thing for the NHL right now, and yet Toews and Alex Ovechkin will be suspended for a game because not being 100% and not playing is not acceptable.

The game will go on so there will be plenty to watch and see at the All-Star game so while we wait for Sunday’s All-Star game here are some morning links to kick off your Friday morning.

The Chicago Blackhawks team physician put out a statement on Thursday stating that Jonathan Toews will not be participating in this years All-Star Game (Blackhawks)

In a year of extensions, the Chicago Blackhawks and WGN radio announced a 5 year extension (Committed Indians)

Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin are serious trophy candidates at the All-Star break (Madhouse Enforcer)

Now that we have reached the All-Star break, the question is will the Hawks be a player in the trade market at the trade deadline (CSN)

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Chuck Fletcher has failed as a badly needed scorer that the Minnesota desparately need (Star Tribune)

Since Jonathan Toews can’t make it to the All-Star game, Nashville Predators forward James Neal was named to the All-Star Game (On The Forecheck)

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