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Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane Ready to Work

By Tony Gianares
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with center Jonathan Toews (19) during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 10, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with center Jonathan Toews (19) during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 10, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks’ big dogs, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are motivated and ready to work.

The best time of the year is finally here! Hockey is back and the Chicago Blackhawks’ stars are hungry and ready to work. After practice, the media spoke with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and others.

Jonathan Toews

Things were going as they usually do, but then someone brought up a sore subject with Toews.

If looks could kill, then someone might have been in harm’s way when Toews was asked about being left off various top players lists.

He had a career-best season in 2018-19, which can be largely attributed to wanting to prove every single one of them wrong and being in peak physical shape. He did just that, and yet, here we are again.

I loved every second of the exchange, because you knew it bothered him. I’d like to personally say thank you to all of the naysayers and people who kept Toews’ off their lists. You all keep our Captain motivated and hungry.

If there was ever any doubt about Jonathan Toews’ passion and dedication, he flashed his inner fire in that interview and all of last season in another non-playoff season.

Things look to be heading in the right direction with all of the upgrades made this past offseason.

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane seemed to echo the same sentiment as Toews, in regards to the 2019-20 season. He is ready to get to work.

Kane believes the team’s confidence is higher than in recent seasons and believes in the latest roster additions. Confidence and optimism are high right now. That’s exactly what this team needs.

Outlook on the 2019-20 Season

With all of the great moves Stan Bowman made during the 2018-19 season, and this past offseason, I believe the Chicago Blackhawks finally get over the hump and back into the playoffs for the first time since 2017. I feel pretty comfortable pegging them as a Wild Card team in 2019-20.

A full offseason under Jeremy Colliton, a motivated Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, a revamped defense, a strong goalie duo, and improved roster depth will all make a big difference.

Right now, it looks like Toews and Kane are ready to pick up where they left off last season and I can’t wait.

There are only a few weeks left until the puck drops on October 4th, in Prague against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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