Good signs for Toews -
03-28-2012, 09:24 AM
He'll miss another game when the New York Rangers come to town on Friday, but Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews took a signifcant step on Thursday toward returning to the ice.
Toews, who's been out for eight games with an upper-body injury, skated on his own for the first time on Thursday since his injury was revealed after a Feb. 19 game against the St. Louis Blues.
"He had a good skate today," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was very exciting for us to see him back out here. He's encouraged as well, so it was a really good day."
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"He felt good," Quenneville said. "That's part of it, as well. It was a big first step seeing him out here."
The Hawks aren't ready to put a more definitive timetable on Toews' return other than "day-to-day," but just seeing him back on the ice was encouraging.
"After that, we'll certainly get a [better] idea to when he's closer," Quenneville said. "He's progressing. It was nice to see him."
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