Toews skates during optional workout

March, 21, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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Jonathan ToewsJesse Rogers for ESPNChicago.com Jonathan Toews skates during an optional workout on Wednesday morning at the United Center.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was on the ice for at least 30 minutes on Wednesday morning as he continues to recover from a concussion.

Toews skated with teammates Jimmy Hayes, Sean O'Donnell, Brendan Morrisson, Sami Lepisto and Steve Montador as the Hawks held an optional workout before their game against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Montador is also recovering from a reported concussion.

Toews and Montador went through a series of hard skating drills administered by assistant coach Mike Kitchen. At one point, coach Joel Quenneville came out from the dressing room to watch. Then Toews shot pucks on his own while also working the tip drill with Montador shooting from the point.

Lepisto tested his injured left leg but left the ice before his other ailing teammates.

Toews has missed 14 games and recently was kept off the ice for several days after having a setback in his recovery. He was hopeful to have returned last week but now is starting the process over. Toews will need to be cleared for contact before he returns to the lineup. First, he has to skate for a few days symptom-free.

Quenneville will address his status before the Hawks take on the Canucks on Wednesday night. There is no timetable for his return or for Montador, who has missed the past 20 games.

The Hawks have gone 9-4-1 without Toews in the lineup.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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