Jonathan Toews practices with team again but is playing it safe
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org March 24, 2012 9:48PM
Updated: April 26, 2012 8:28AM
When Jonathan Toews’ skates touched the ice at Johnny’s IceHouse West on Saturday, fans in attendance cheered. Even some teammates got involved, sending their own sarcastic shouts his way.
Toews (concussion) practiced with the team for the first time in more than a week after suffering a setback. As excited as he was to participate, he’s doing his best to temper his emotions and stay on the safe path toward a full recovery.
“I feel like I’m getting back to that stage to where I’m progressing and getting closer to feeling the right way,” Toews said. “I’m just staying positive, hoping that this is the time that hopefully we break through.”
Toews has skated five consecutive days after taking a break last week when his symptoms returned after four days of skating. He will miss his 16th consecutive game Sunday against the Predators.
“It just comes down to listening to how I feel,” Toews said. “Obviously, what I was doing, I don’t know if that’s what set me back. We just decided to take a few more days off the ice and take precautions there. I’m feeling much better and much more confident that what I’m doing out on the ice is helping me get through it.
“Mostly, just when you wake up, you feel [the symptoms]. It’s not like there’s much there that’s bothering me on daily things. But when I come to the rink and try to do what I do, it’s all those things that just kind of set in. You just don’t feel right. You don’t feel like yourself.”
Toews said he’s confident he’ll return this season, but it’s “being more realistic with myself, and even if I do feel 100 percent, you might need a day or two just to make sure it’s going to stay that way.”
Keith’s ready to sit
Defenseman Duncan Keith declined to detail what went on during his hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Friday or the circumstances that resulted in his five-game suspension for elbowing Canucks forward Daniel Sedin.
“I’m not going to sit here and question things or wonder how they came to their decision,” Keith said. “I respect what they decided was fair, and I’ll serve my time.”