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Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews And His Fair Trade Value

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Mar 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Blackhawks beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Blackhawks beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 17, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) exchange words in game three of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won in overtime 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Has Toews dropped off?

Once Toews and Kane signed those identical contract extensions in the summer of 2014, two things happened: The Blackhawks locked up the faces of their franchise for presumably the rest of their careers, and the expectations of those two sky-rocketed.

While Kane would go on to have three MVP caliber seasons following the extension, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2016, Toews has left something to be desired on the ice.

In the 2014-15 season, which ended with him lifting the Stanley Cup, Toews posted 66 points in 81 games during the regular season and another 21 points in 23 games on the way to the Blackhawks’ sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

As well, Toews was voted as the runner-up for the Selke Trophy.

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But it’s after that season where things began to get a bit muddled for Toews and the Blackhawks as a whole. Roster turnover in the summers of 2015 and 2016 saw the likes of linemate Brandon Saad, Teuvo Teravainen, Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw all leave Chicago.

The most notable departure was Saad, who in just three years with the Blackhawks had won two Stanley Cups and made a home on the top line with Toews and Marian Hossa.

In the two seasons following the roster turnover, Toews has posted back-to-back 58-point seasons in 2015-16 (80 GP, 28 G, 30 A) and 2016-17 (72 GP, 21 G, 37 A). Although the numbers are not the worst, Toews (and Kane) had the contract extensions’ cap hits of $10.5 million kick in during the 2015-16 season, lasting until 2022-23 season.

Those numbers, in general, don’t constitute $10.5 million in today’s NHL. Along with lower-than-average point production, Toews had a career low in even-strength goal scoring in 2016-17, and his third worst faceoff percentage of his career, 54.9 percent, last season.

Again, nearly 55 percent in the faceoff department and a 20-goal scorer is a quality NHL player. But Toews needs to be better than just quality; he is expected to be at an all-world level. The last two seasons have seen a dip in the production department, but the ability is still there.

To be fair, Toews has dealt with a carousel of linemates over the last two seasons and has still played nearly on par for his career numbers.

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