is feeling a combination of excitement and frustration.
captain is back on the ice while recovering from a concussion but does not have a timeframe for a return to game action. Toews skated with teammates for the first time since Feb. 19 when the Hawks held their morning skate Friday in preparation for their game later that night against the Rangers at the
"I feel pretty good," Toews said. "I feel like I’ve been off the ice doing nothing for three weeks, but considering that, the last two days on the ice I’m a lot better than I thought I would be. I feel positive about that."
Toews said he began feeling symptoms during the Hawks' nine-game road trip in late January and early February and played in several games before finally deciding to sit out.
“You come out of a game and you kind feel those symptoms," said Toews, who added that he has texted with
(they share the same agent) about recovery from concussions. "You don't want to admit to yourself what it might be and you kind of keep going a little bit. So it’s not really clear when it might have happened exactly. The toughest thing was just kind of coming to grips with it and saying that it was something I had to deal with and I couldn't keep playing with. Here I am three weeks later almost, still kind of hanging in there and getting better every day.
"It was so minor at first it took some time to realize it might be something more serious," Toews added. "When it comes down to that you have to admit it to yourself but you see so many guys around the league dealing with that right now and you don’t want to be one of those guys. It took some time to kind of come to grips with that and realize I had to rest and try to get better."
Having just resumed skating the last two games, Toews said he doesn't yet know when he'll return to the lineup. The center will miss his ninth consecutive game when the Hawks face the Rangers.
"I thought a week and a half ago that I'd be playing by now," Toews said. "That might be the most frustrating and difficult thing that I am back on the ice and I feel good out there and I feel like, 'Hey I should be playing in a couple of days.' But no one else can tell me how I feel. It's up to me to be honest with myself and be smart about it. You learn to play through so many other things, but this might be the one thing that might not be an intelligent thing to do. I’ll try and be smart about it and make sure when I’m ready to play I’ll be 100 percent and I can do it while not thinking about it at all."
Toews said the concussion was not affected by a Feb. 23 one-car crash in Chicago.
"Not at all," he said. "A lot of people kind of want to tie that in there with this injury. But I guess as they say, ‘when it rains, it pours.' It was kind of a rough week and it kind of threw that in there with it. It wasn't too much fun. I was just more concerned with the traffic that was coming down the one way and completely didn't see the obstacle that was in front of me. It was one of those embarrassing things where I didn’t want to get out of my car for a long time."