Mar 27, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalieCorey Crawford
(50) makes a save during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane
Corey Crawford 2006-present
30 Win Season-3
Crawford maybe the most controversial pick in the Top 100 countdown. There are certainly his critics that he gives up entirely too many soft goals including some real soft goals in the playoffs with two playoff softies in 2011 against the Phoenix Coyotes and the 2014 Game #7 Goal against the Kings that bounced offNick Leddy
to name a few. During the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals the Boston Bruins were convinced and rightfully so at times that Crawford’s glove hand was his weakness but in the end Crawford still prevailed.
Crawford’s critics really must hate his contract but when you look at what’s behind him currently in Rockford and within the organization there isn’t much else Stan Bowman could do but sign Crawford to a big deal and hope he stops everything he suppose to stop.
There are some good things about Crawford, he’s only the fourth Blackhawks goalie after Ed Belfour, Glenn Hall, and Tony Esposito to record three 30 win seasons and if he’s healthy for 2014-2015 should be a shoo-in for his fourth. Crawford has a Stanley Cup and could arguably have a Conn Smythe trophy, but it seems like he always has to prove himself to the Blackhawks fan base and his critics on a nightly basis.
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Crawford is a good goalie on a great team which fits just fine with Joel Quenneville‘s defensive system and will work for years to come which will put Crawford’s win totals in the all-time great categories in Chicago Blackhawks history.
Crawford may not be the greatest but he’s been good for a while now and lands at #58 in our countdown.
What do you think? Too high, Too low or shouldn’t have made it in our Top 100?
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