KANATA, Ontario -- Jonathan Toews worked out this morning back in Chicago and defenseman Steve Montador skated there while the Chicago Blackhawks prepared for the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews had a workout back home, which is an encouraging sign. But when asked if Toews could join the team on this road trip, Quenneville wasn't sure.
"Right now I don't want to get anybody excited. We'll know more when we get him on the ice," Quenneville said. "There's progress there, so that's where we're at."
Montador skating is a big improvement from where he's been, but Quenneville said it's doubtful that the defenseman would join the Blackhawks any time during this road trip.
Meanwhile, Niklas Hjalmarsson skated again today with the team. It's possible he could play against Detroit.
Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.
Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here:
Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!
The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.
His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:
"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.
"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.
"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."