Emily Kaplan reports that the Blackhawks lineup scored another hit when Jonathan Toews announced he was going to miss the start of the NHL season as he deals with an unknown disease (1:03 )

“I’ve had symptoms this off-season that have made me drained and sluggish,” Toews said in a statement from the team. “I work with doctors so I can better understand my condition

{I don’t have a schedule for when to get back on the team. I am very disappointed, but it would not be fair to me or my teammates to try to play in my current state “

Toews thanked the coaches, the front office and the owners of the Blackhawks for their understanding and then spoke to the fans

“For Blackhawks fans, I will continue to do everything I can to get back on the ice and play the game I love for the team I love,” he said. “I will have no further comments at this time and ask everyone to respect my privacy as I focus on my health and recovery “

Toews’ problem is the latest blow to a team that was already in the middle of a rebuilding project but lost two young players who should make up a large part of it. Now one of its veteran stars is also missing.

Toews was the first-line center of three Stanley Cup winning teams in Chicago. The 32-year-old had 60 points in 70 games last season. He had at least 50 points every season except one in his 13-year career , and had a career best of 81 in 2019-20

On Monday, the Blackhawks announced that 2019 was No. 3 Draft pick Kirby Dach will be missing four to five months after breaking his wrist at the IIHF World Junior Championships for Canada. He had an operation

Striker Alex Nylander injured his knee in last season’s playoffs and had surgery after feeling uncomfortable skating before this season. He will be out for four to six months

Toews, along with cup mates Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, has been used as mentor to the team’s younger players, however Seabrook has his own health problems, missing most of last season and getting on both hips and his right Shoulder operated on

It would be a completely different Blackhawks team even without the injuries.The cup winner Corey Crawford was not signed again in the off-season.Instead, the Blackhawks give young goalkeepers Collin Delia, Malcolm Subban and Kevin Lankinen a chance.The team also swapped strikers Brandon Saad against young defender Nikita Zadorov in the Avalanche

Chicago finished last in the Central Division last season but reached the playoffs under the revised COVID-19 rules The Blackhawks angered the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round, in which Toews the team with seven points in four games headed Chicago was then eliminated in five games by the Vegas Golden Knights

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Source: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/30617824/chicago-blackhawks-jonathan-toews-indefinitely-illness