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