Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was recently on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg when the subject of Patrick Kane came up — sort of. Kane was the topic being referenced but neither the interviewer or Toews used his name in this particular exchange.
In the interest of giving what Toews said proper context, here is the full transcription of the question and answer, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc:
If you have difficulty reading it in that format, here is it again:
Host: “Jonathan, I do want to ask you one question about being the captain of the Blackhawks. Obviously, most people are aware of a situation that has been developing regarding one of your star teammates. Obviously, I won’t ask you to comment on anything like that but when something like that happens during the offseason does your focus as far as dealing with your teammates as well as the media change going into training camp as the captain of the team?”
Toews: “I think you just have to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time. For the time being, you stay together as a team. You support your teammate … uh, teammate, teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch. You saw it last year with some rumors that spread around through social media about several guys in the locker room. It’s not the first time we’ve seen situations like that and eventually you deal with it internally and you stay together as a team and you’re confidence as individuals and as a group that everyone kind of stays together. At the end of the day we always say to each other that what is said and what is done within the locker room is the only thing that matters. We don’t let anything going on on the outside affect the way we do our jobs and the way we come to work together as a team. Again, I get a lot of credit because I have the ‘C’ on my sweater but I think we have a great group of guys who understand what it takes to be a leader, what it takes to be a part of a good team. Clearly it’s more than just what happens on the ice. There’s always a lot of things being said and things going on off the ice but no matter hwat, we do a good job of sticking together.”
Kane is under police investigation for allegedly raping a woman. He hasn’t been charged with a crime at this time.
A recent Chicago Sun-Times report suggested that the organization feels “disrespected” by Kane and that other teams have inquired about his availability. However, the Blackhawks have not asked him to waive his no-trade clause.
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A report from Ilta-Sanomat claimed that goaltender Antti Raanta hoped that the Nashville Predators would sweep his Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. Raanta has since denied making those comments, but the man who interviewed him, Juha Luotola, says he has it on tape.
At the same time, Luotola feels that the quote being passed around lacks context as it was just one line from a talk that lasted hours.
“Antti was frustrated after Chicago send him [a] second time [to the] AHL and he told me truly how he felt,” Luotola said, per CSN Chicago. “Statement looks bad if you read only one line from story. It’s easy to [be] misunderstood and get away from the full story. But I also know that Antti didn’t mean that in bad way. It was just his way to explain how frustrated he was: bad feeling last couple hours and after that, he was happy to be a part of team again.”
Luotola also noted that the goaltender had a lot of great things to say about his time with the Blackhawks.
Although Raanta had a 1.89 GAA and .936 save percentage in 14 games last season, he ultimately lost the backup job to Scott Darling. Chicago dealt him to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Haggerty this summer.
According to a source of ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers, the Blackhawks have not asked Patrick Kane whether he’d be willing to waive his no-move clause to facilitate a trade.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reported that as many as five teams have called the Blackhawks regarding Kane’s availability.
The 26-year-old is currently the subject of a police investigation for allegedly raping a woman in Buffalo last month.
Kane’s new eight-year, $84 million contract is set to begin this season.
Despite missing 21 games last season with a shoulder injury, Kane finished second in team scoring with 27 goals and 64 points in 61 games.
Related: Raanta denies Finnish report: ‘I have never said anything like that’
Former Blackhawks’ goaltender Antti Raanta refuted a report by Ilta-Sanomat, which said he was cheering against Chicago during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
According to the Finnish newspaper, Raanta had hoped the Nashville Predators would sweep the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs.
“With fingers crossed I hoped (Nashville) would beat us in four so I could get back to Finland sooner. I was so pissed,” Raanta said per Vesa Rantanen.
When reached by Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, Raanta denied the comments.
“I have never said anything like that,” he said.
The 26-year-old appeared in 14 games with the Blackhawks last season posting a 7-4-1 record to go along with a 2.39 G.A.A. and a .918 save percentage. Raanta was demoted to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in favor of Scott Darling in February.
Instead of staying with the IceHogs during the Calder Cup playoffs, Chicago recalled Raanta to be the club’s third string goaltender.
“I’m not that kind of guy that I would say something like that, and hope my team to lose, even if I’m not paying goalie,” Raanta said.
Chicago dealt Raanta to the New York Rangers in June.
For those wondering, the Rangers open their regular season schedule on Oct. 7 in Chicago.
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed restricted free agent forward Joakim Nordstrom to a one-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old appeared in 38 games with the ‘Hawks last season registering three assists. Nordstrom also played in three postseason games. In 23 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs last season, Nordstrom scored nine goals and 16 points.
Originally a third-round pick of the Blackhawks (90th overall) in 2010, Nordstrom has appeared in 54 career NHL games with Chicago scoring one goal and five assists.
According to Generalfanager.com, the Blackhawks had $231, 540 in cap space available prior to the Nordstrom signing. Marcus Kruger remains the lone Blackhawks’ restricted free agent unsigned.
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