With an NHL team open for business in Winnipeg and a former member of the Blackhawks' brass calling the shots there, the questions and concerns of some fans were to be expected.

Would Jonathan Toews do the unthinkable? Would he consider leaving the Hawks when his contract expires for a chance to play in his hometown of Winnipeg, which considers him an icon?

''People ask me if I'll ever go to Winnipeg," Toews said. "There's no reason for me to go anywhere. I can't see it getting any better. At the same time, it can't ever get bad enough to want to leave this situation. I love it."

''It'' would be being captain of the Hawks and living in Chicago. And the idea of Toews going to Winnipeg fits the general theme of his short but already decorated NHL career. Whether it's the media, marketers, fans or other teams, everybody wants a piece of Toews — or someone like him.

Toews, 23, is quickly ascending into NHL superstardom, joining Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. His offensive numbers might not be in line with those of Crosby or Ovechkin, but his overall value is on par.

With Crosby reeling from a concussion and Ovechkin still floundering in the playoffs, Toews may be in line to take over. Being a Frank J. Selke Trophy finalist as one of best defensive forwards is another step in that direction.

Does he feel like an NHL superstar?

"Nope," Toews told the Sun-Times during the NHL awards at the Palms.

But he can't escape the increased recognition and the growing demand. Toews was beaten out for the Selke by the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler on Wednesday, but his coveted two-way skills were still recognized by all hockey writers, especially after he finished fourth last year in voting. Future nominations should be expected.