Similar to Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews has proven loyal to the Chicago Blackhawks through thick and thin.
If the Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews ever mutually decide that they want to move on, his value will remain high, and the Blackhawks will be able to get a good amount of assets back for “Captain Serious”. It’s fair to say that Toews is close to the end of his career and wants to go for one more Stanley Cup. If he and his family decide that they’re willing to move so he can make his one final push, then here’s a couple of mock trades for the Blackhawks Legend.
Stats & Breakdown
Weight: 201 Pounds
Blackhawks retain 50%, send Toews home
Jets Receive: Jonathan Toews (50% Retained)
Blackhawks Receive: Adam Lowry, Jeff Malott, 2nd Round Pick, 4th Round Pick
Toews is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Jets making a move for their hometown boy would not surprise me in the slightest. With the added retention on the Blackhawks end, this would allow them to acquire 2 picks instead of just one, on top of Lowry and Malott. Lowry is 29, and stands 6’5 at 210 pounds. He could step in as the immediate replacement for Toews. Malott, who is 25, has 39 points in 60 games with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL this season.
Everything works for this trade, but it’s definitely a long shot. Winnipeg has a talented team that’s missing a few pieces as they’ve severely underwhelmed with the fire power they had to work with this season. If Toews decides he wants to move back home and try to win a chip with them, the added veteran and championship experience would be a massive benefit in the depth parts of Winnipeg’s lineup. The other bonus is, Toews can still play the role of a top 6 player, if he needs to.
Blackhawks make swap involving Debrusk
Bruins Receive: Jonathan Toews (50% Retained), 3rd Round Pick
Blackhawks Receive: Jake Debrusk, Trent Frederic, Connor Clifton, 5th Round Pick
This trade is obviously hypothetical, but with the veteran leadership that Toews carries on his possible hall of fame resume, it's hard not to think someone would overpay for the 33 year old. Debrusk currently sits at 40 points in 75 games, and would be the biggest offensive return for the Blackhawks. He has wanted a change of scenery for a while so a move to Chicago could prove beneficial for the 25 year old.
Frederic adds a physical presence that the Blackhawks lack. A solid bottom 6 player that can slot in anywhere is just what the Hawks need. Clifton currently sits at 10 points through 58 games with the Bruins, and has looked about average this season, if not slightly below. His role would likely be a 7th D man, but he would be a perfect addition as far as creating internal competition for playing time every single night.