Longtime Chicago Blackhawks veterans, including captain Jonathan Toews, aren’t too impressed with the latest changes made by general manager Stan Bowman.
At least that’s what The Athletic said on Sunday, citing a source who said the club’s pillars are “furious and have seen enough”.
Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook did not smile when they learned that Corey Crawford will continue his career with the New Jersey Devils, that forward Brandon Saad has taken the path of the Colorado Avalanche and that two skaters – Drake Caggiula and Slater Koekkoek – went free as the air after not receiving a qualifying offer.
At 32, Toews still wants success in the National League, both individually and collectively. The last few days have taken him away from his goal, he said.
“Basically I want to win,” he told The Athletic. The expectation of myself and the other leaders of this roster is to show up to camp every year and prepare to build a playoff team. We are working to win a Stanley Cup for our fans. There, I was never told that we were going to go through a period of reconstruction. I have not been contacted about this. This is all a shock to me, because it is a completely different direction than what we expected. ”
A hole in front of the net?
The outcome of the relationship between Crawford and the Hawks seems to have particularly upset the club’s hard core. Chicago would have withdrawn a contractual offer from the table for the services of the Quebecer; the proposal was one year and around $ 3 million according to the same source. Now the Illinois roster is left with Malcolm Subban, Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen as options in goal.
“It’s sad,” Toews admitted. It’s really disappointing because Crow has given so much for this organization. I think he was ready to give a lot in the years to come and he remained an important piece of this group. He has the mindset that can help a club go far in the playoffs and there is no doubt he can do it. ”
Now it remains to be seen whether Bowman’s decisions will prompt Toews, Kane and Seabrook to demand a change of scenery, even though they have a no-move clause to their respective pact.
For the captain, there is no question of leaving, well despite everything.
“I haven’t had this type of discussion. It all happened suddenly, but the answer is no. Chicago is home and I want to win again here. ”