Blackhawks announce Jonathan Toews will not be back next season

The announcement came Thursday morning from GM Kyle Davidson.

Blackhawks announce Jonathan Toews will not be back next season
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Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson met with the media Thursday morning and confirmed something that's been speculated from just about every corner of the internet: Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers will be the last time that captain Jonathan Toews plays for Chicago.

Davidson added additional comments on Toews during that media session:

Davidson added that Toews was not offered a contract, similar to what happened with Patrick Kane:

Thursday's game will be the 1,067th of Toews career, with 371 goals and 511 assists already tallied along with a Conn Smythe, a Selke, and three Stanley Cups. But a new era of Blackhawks hockey is upon us and Davidson wanted to clear the way for that next generation of players to step into the leadership roles:

There is no morning skate before Thursday's game, so any comments from Toews will not come until postgame. We'll add any develops on this story should they arise.