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Corey Crawford Progressing, But Not Yet At 100%

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Since the end of the dismal 2017-18 season, a year of promise that was derailed by Corey Crawford’s head injury in late December, the Blackhawks have steadfastly said they expect their star goaltender to be back in time for training camp and the start of the season. General manager Stan Bowman said it. Joel Quenneville said it. And they both have reaffirmed that belief over the summer.

Crawford isn’t quite so certain.

“That’s hard to say right now, but it’s very possible,” Crawford said Friday in his first public comments since an ill-fated morning skate in Arizona on Feb. 12. “We’ve come a long way in the last couple months, and there’s a really good chance that could happen.”

Moments before he spoke on Friday, Quenneville said he expects that Crawford will be his starting goaltender on opening night.


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Should Corey Crawford Sit Out The Rest Of The Season?

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It was a very simple question. But the four-second pause before Corey Crawford started talking, and the five-second pause that came two words in, made it clear that there was a very complicated answer.

How is Crawford feeling?

“Uh… not bad,” he finally said. “It takes some time. … I want to get back playing, but it’s a process to get there.”

Crawford took a giant step Monday in his recovery from a head injury, joining the Blackhawks on the ice for their morning skate for the first time since his last game, on Dec. 23. He took some shots from Patrick Sharp and Ryan Hartman before the skate officially began, and did some other work with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite throughout the 40-minute session.

There still is no set target for his return. But there should be one: September.


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Corey Crawford Has Post-Concussion Syndrome

From Sportsnet:

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is likely suffering from post-concussion syndrome, not vertigo, according to Scotty Bowman, a senior adviser with the club.

On Tuesday multiple reports claimed that the 33-year-old Crawford could miss the remainder of the season with vertigo-like symptoms.

“It’s not what they’re reporting,” Bowman said Wednesday evening during Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. “Now, apparently what he really has is post-concussion syndrome.”

Crawford was placed on injured reserve Dec. 27 with what the team dubbed an upper-body injury. The goalie suffered a blow to the head during a game in late November when Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin collided with him. Crawford was assessed before returning in the same game and it’s unknown if that incident is related to his current injury.

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On The Hapless Hawks

From the Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom:

If Corey Crawford’s “upper-body” injury keeps him out the rest of the season, which was a possibility indicated by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, then the Blackhawks will have a “lower-standings” issue.

No, wait. They already do. They’re already three points out of the playoffs, and while they continue their five-day break that ends this weekend, they’ll continue to lose ground.

Just guessing that “One Goal” was not about finishing last in the division and missing the playoffs, but hey, that’s one way to avoid getting swept by the Predators, eh?

When Crawford was placed on the injured list on Dec. 27, the Hawks were two points behind the Wild for the second wild-card spot, but held two games in hand.

Without Crawford, the Hawks have gone 5-4-1 and find themselves three points behind the eighth-seeded Kings, who also have a game in hand.


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GIF- Corey Crawford Goes On IR

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Jean-Francois Berube from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve.

Berube, 26, is 6-6-0 with a 2.54 goals against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 appearances with the IceHogs this season. He posted a 3-2-2 record with a 3.42 GAA and .889 SV% in 14 appearances with the New York Islanders last season. In 21 career NHL games, spanning two seasons (2015-17), Berube has registered a 6-4-3 mark with a 3.11 GAA and .900 SV%. He was signed by the Blackhawks on July 1, 2017.

The Repentigny, Quebec, native paced the American Hockey League with 37 wins during the 2014-15 campaign, helping the Manchester Monarchs win the 2015 Calder Cup. He finished the regular-season with a 37-9-6 record and ranked eighth in the league with a 2.18 GAA before going 13-3 during the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs en route to the championship. He was also named an AHL All-Star in 2015. Berube has appeared in 122 career AHL games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2015-16), Manchester Monarchs (2009-10, 2012-15) and IceHogs (2017).

Crawford is 11-7-2, is seventh in the NHL with a 2.29 GAA and shares fourth with a .930 SV% in 21 appearances.


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Video- Corey Crawford Takes A Shea Weber Shot To The Mask

Crawford stayed in the game.


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Corey Crawford Undergoing An Appendectomy Today

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.

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Benn (Art Ross), Ovechkin (Richard), Crawford and Price (Jennings) win regular-season trophies


NEW YORK (April 12, 2015) – The 2014-15 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Saturday with Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claiming his fifth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens winning the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender(s) who play at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals. Two races – for the Art Ross Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy – came down to the final moments of the regular season.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Brad Stuart with a soft dump-in... Corey Craford does the rest.


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Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford Out For 2-3 weeks


added 12:54pm,

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Tipping my hat to the Blackhawks as the team prepares to ‘reload’

Having a 2 AM-conversation with Franklin Steele on Twitter, I had to amend my take as to why the Chicago Blackhawks weren't able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. As a Red Wings fan, I would argue that a team needs Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov-sized motivation to repeat, and I would point out that the Blackhawks played until June 24th of 2013--and sometimes forget that 90% of the players who didn't make the Conference Final are already beginning their summertime workouts to prepare physically and mentally for the next season.

Chicago played so very late into the lockout-marred 2013 season that the mental and physical challenges the speedy Hawks faced had to feel insurmountable, and then Franklin reminded me that on top of having perhaps nine weeks to re-focus, TEN Blackhawks participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Even as a Wings fan, I have to applaud the hell out of the Hawks for getting to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final given the challenges they faced.

ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry as to what the Blackhawks need to do to "reload for 2014-2015," and while I'm sure that you'd argue point 1 of 3, inking Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions ahead of the pair qualifying for unrestricted free agency next summer, is job #1, I'd suggest that Custance's second point may matter more than the guaranteed first occurring:

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in what was not the world’s prettiest game

I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...

But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.

Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.

Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.

This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:

Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.

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Corey Crawford And The Water Bottle Incident

I planned to stay away from this story, but with some additional information now added, I guess it is newsworthy...

from Blake Schuster of the Chicago Tribune,

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been accused of spraying a Los Angeles Kings fan with a water bottle during the final minutes of a Game 4 loss in the Western Conference finals Monday, according to a report from TMZ.com.

Clark Wong, a 27-year-old fan, claims Crawford sprayed him from the bench after being pulled for an extra attacker, causing an irritation to his eyes.

When contacted Wednesday by the Tribune, Wong declined to comment, saying he has received death threats and directing all questions to his lawyer.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman told CBSChicago.com that police are not investigating the matter.


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Cherry curses(?) Vanek, praises Crawford and discusses Lucic—again—on Coach’s Corner

It took a while for Don Cherry to get going on Coach's Corner on Monday night, but around the 2-minute mark, he suggested that Thomas Vanek's, "Mind is in Minnesota" (oh, and he may have sworn in the process). Then he went on to give Corey Crawford praise for "stealing" Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, to suggest that the NHL ought to get rid of the "Marsh Pegs" to restore players' fear of going into the goalposts, of course he decided to spend a chunk of time defending "Milan Loosick," pointing out that Andrei Markov may have incited Lucic's remarks.

Thanks to "Captain Canada," you'll hear Cherry's post-game remarks, too.

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Hail Corey Crawford

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

 Corey Crawford could throw his body in front of a bullet, and somebody would question his glove hand.

That’s how it is for the guy, who might be the best most-abused goalie in the NHL. There is no Most Valuable Abused Goalie Award, but maybe there should be. Throughout his career, Crawford has had to fight off pucks from opponents and silly criticism from Blackhawks fans.

I bring this up for what feels
like the 100th time because Crawford was spectacular in the Hawks’ 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday in Game 6 against the Minnesota Wild.

Patrick Kane scored the game-winner to earn the Hawks a return trip to the Western Conference finals because that’s what Kane does. But Crawford was so good — and has been so good the last two seasons — that another defense is in order. By all rights, he shouldn’t need any defense at all. His 2013 Stanley Cup ring would seem to be a filibuster.


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Wild knot series with Blackhawks at 2 games apiece

The Minnesota Wild have pulled two fast ones on the Chicago Blackhawks, utilizing home ice to their advantage (Minnesota's 5-and-0 at home). All of a sudden, the defending Stanley Cup champs have won two consecutive games, as the AP notes:

The Minnesota Wild have turned their home ice into a deafening, discouraging place for opponents to play in the playoffs. For the second straight game, they dominated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Jason Pominville scored in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's skate, and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to even their Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

"It's been fun to play here. I don't know what it is, but we have to find a way to bring that on the road as well," said Jared Spurgeon, whose third-period goal gave the Wild a cushion for the final stretch while the fans cheered and chanted louder and louder.

"They play hard in their building, and they're good in their building, and they check well so it's tough to get momentum in here," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine's opening goal, and Nino Niederreiter also scored.

Continued, and as Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, Brandon Bollig took Keith Ballard out of the game with this hit...

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Video- Corey Crawford Now Is A Save Of The Year Candidate

Without a stick, Crawford makes the leg pad save after giving up a rebound.

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Corey Crawford Out Around Three Weeks

Missed how he was injured?  Watch it here.

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Video- Corey Crawford Leaves Tonight’s Game With Lower-Body Injury

Looks like a groin strain to me...

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Afternoon Line

Agree, disagree?

In case you missed the news, Corey Crawford signed for $36M over 6 years.

With the talk of the salary cap hitting the $80M mark in 3-4 years, I think the contract is a little over-priced, but not a bad signing at all.

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Corey Crawford Agrees To A Six-Year Contract Extension

added 10:57pm,


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Report- Corey Crawford Day-To-Day With Possible Concussion

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.

Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford to be Ray Emery’s backup on Friday against San Jose. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson was acquired from Calgary on Jan. 21 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

Crawford is believed to have been hurt late in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Anaheim when he was run over by Bobby Ryan. It’s believed he suffered a concussion.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Goes To Corey Crawford

Kevin Klein from center ice…

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Chicago Goaltender Crawford Continues To Work On His Game

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

A year ago at this time, Crawford was concentrating on securing the backup job to veteran Marty Turco. This time around, after winning the starting job midway through last season and earning a three-year, $8 million contract, Crawford is developing the mindset needed to be a No. 1.

“I’m just trying to prepare myself mentally for that,” Crawford said. “It almost seems like you have to work harder and be a little readier when you’re in that position. I still have to battle and I still have to work for my ice time.”

When the Hawks hit the ice Saturday for the first official practice of camp, Crawford will head to the crease after a summer spent working on improving his game.

“I feel strong (and) quicker,” said Crawford, who worked for a week on technique with Hawks goalie coach Stephane Waite during August. “I’m eager to go and I’m excited for the season.”

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A Second Look at Goalies


In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.

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Chicago Extends Crawford

from Blackhawks.com,

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford on a three-year contract.

Crawford, 26, paced rookie goaltenders with 33 wins (33-18-6), tied for rookie lead with four shutouts and ranked eighth among National Hockey League netminders with a 2.30 goals-against-average during the 2010-11 regular-season. He also led all NHL rookies with a .927 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA in seven Stanley Cup Playoff contests.


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Chicago Wants To Sign RFA Crawford

from Chris Boden of CSNChicago,

While the Blackhawks continue proceeding down the stretch for now without Patrick Sharp, they’re already taking steps to make Corey part of their long-term core.

In a sitdown interview with Comcast SportsNet Thursday, Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman says the process has begun in hopes of locking up rookie goaltender Corey Crawford before he becomes a restricted free agent following this season.


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