GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With Jonathan Toews' return from a 22-game absence expected Thursday night, the Chicago Blackhawks captain knows he faces a challenge in shaking off the rust to be effective, but there's another concern.
He expects to be a marked man after the lengthy layoff with a concussion.
"I don't doubt that that's going to put a target on my back," Toews said Wednesday. "Especially with this team, they like to play physical. For any guy that's coming back from any sort of injury, you don't want to let him feel comfortable, so I'm expecting that's going to be even tougher than usual. That's the way it is."
Even without being targeted, Toews could be more at risk from routine physical play, given the research that's shown one concussion makes a person more susceptible to another. This was the second concussion of Toews' five-year career, but he says he doesn't have any extra concern or hesitation about contact.
"If there was any doubt like that I wouldn't be here," Toews s...