Blackhawks Jonathan Toews on next season Blues win

  

Blackhawks Jonathan Toews on next season Blues win

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a lot to say this week about the rival Blues' run to the Stanley Cup, his personal resurgence last season and his team'sfocus heading into the 2019-20 season.A few excerpts from his interview Thursday on:Unimpre sed Toews"No, there was no part of me that was happy," Toews said of the Blues going from last in the league to Cup winners. "To me, them tanking at the start of the year was a huge underachievement.I'm not ready to give them as much credit as everyone else wasthis year."It hurts to Khris Davis Jersey see St. Louis win the Cup, but I think that's what gives you the hunger to go back there and bebetter."Aside from the divisional rivalry, Toews' lack Matt Joyce Jersey of enthusiasm could be attributed to the Blackhawks going 4-1 against the champs last season, with three of thewins coming after regulation.MORE: Aging ToewsToews knows as well as anyone that mi sing the playoffs is unacceptable, especially for a storied Original Six franchise, so when he was asked about how he is approaching his offseason at age 31, he offered this perspective:"Well, I would say it would probably be le s intense and not as much of a workload, but we've mi sed the playoffs the last few years and I'd say I have been on the ice more than anything.It's mid-July, the sun is out, it's beautifuland I'm heading to the hockey rink. I think thatfocus is there."NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Chicago has experienced a lot of succe s under the leadership of Toews and Patrick Kane; they helped the Blackhawks win Dave Henderson Jersey the Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The two stars are still putting up big numbers, too ---- Toews recorded a career-high 81 points last season and Kane had 110."I was definitely in a more offensive role last season quite a bit of power-play time," the 12-year veteran noted."I think once we get our power play clicking, it seemedlike even if you Terry Steinbach Jersey 're nothaving a great night, maybe the legs aren't there, you're still going to have a chance to produce and get on the board. So it's nice to score those points.It keeps you motivated, it keeps you going and it keeps you hungry."Experienced ToewsAs one of the squad's elder statesmen, Toews brings not only leadership butplayoff experience as well; however, he also knows what the Blackhawks' young players can contribute next season. He's hoping they'll help send the franchise onanother long Cup run."We need to give ourselves a chance for that experience to take over," Toews said. "At the same time, we got some youth, we got someguys that are eagerto prove themselves. Young guys and veterans alike, everyone wants to prove Rickey Henderson Jersey themselves in the postseason."That's the best time to be playing. To get there is the No. 1 goal, and for us, that's when the real season actually starts."Under Toews' logic, the season never really started last year or the year before that. Hisfocus is on not allowing that trend to continue.
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