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What is Corey Crawford’s Future With Chicago Blackhawks

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Apr 17, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) prior to the game against the Nashville Predators in game two of the first round of the the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

With the Blackhawks coaching staff announcing that Scott Darling will get the start in Game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The announcement also means that more than likely that Darling and not Corey Crawford will start the remaining Blackhawks’ playoff games.

In case people have been under a rock these last two games Crawford has not looked sharp for the Blackhawks. Crawford has allowed nine goals in 80 minutes of ice time, while his counterpart Darling has allowed zero in 67 minutes of ice time.

Now that Crawford has lost his job for the playoffs, will he have a job with the Blackhawks come next season? The INSTANT reaction to the situation is that Crawford will NOT be a member of the Blackhawks.

Here are some reasons why Crawford will be gone:

  1. The number one reason is that the team and coaching staff has lost confidence in Crawford: If looks could kill Duncan Keith would have killed Crawford after he allowed the fourth goal in Game two of the Western Conference finals. He also just got benched in the playoffs. It will be very hard for Crawford to earn to EVERYONE’s confidence back. It might be easier to trade him.
  2. Crawford will be in demand next season: There are many teams in the NHL that would be open to acquiring a Stanley Cup winning goalie coming off his best regular season. In my mind, Minnesota, Buffalo, and others could be possible landing spots for Crawford. In 57 regular season games this season, he had 32 wins and 20 losses with a .924 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average. For his career he is 254 and 147 with .917 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average.

With the Blackhawks coaching staff announcing that Scott Darling will get the start in Game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The announcement also means that more than likely that Darling and not Corey Crawford will start the remaining Blackhawks’ playoff games.
In case people have been under a rock these last two games Crawford has not looked sharp for the Blackhawks. Crawford has allowed nine goals in 80 minutes of ice time, while his counterpart Darling has allowed zero in 67 minutes of ice time.
Now that Crawford has lost his job for the playoffs, will he have a job with the Blackhawks come next season? The INSTANT reaction to the situation is that Crawford will NOT be a member of the Blackhawks.
Here are some reasons why Crawford will be gone:
1. The number one reason is that the team and coaching staff has lost confidence in Crawford: If looks could kill Duncan Keith would have killed Crawford after he allowed the fourth goal in Game two of the Western Conference finals. He also just got benched in the playoffs. It will be very hard for Crawford to earn to EVERYONE’s confidence back. It might be easier to trade him.

2. Crawford will be in demand next season: There are many teams in the NHL that would be open to acquiring a Stanley Cup winning goalie coming off his best regular season. In my mind, Minnesota, Buffalo, and others could be possible landing spots for Crawford. In 57 regular season games this season, he had 32 wins and 20 losses with a .924 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average. For his career he is 254 and 147 with .917 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average.

3. The Blackhawks have replacements: Scott Darling is getting the start in Game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals for a reason. The duo of Darling and Antti Raanta could be able to replace Crawford in the offseason. Darling for his time with the Blackhawks was nine and four with .936 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average. In the AHL this season he was 14-8 with a .927 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average. Darling also set a playoff record by not allowing a goal in 67:44 of ice time. Meanwhile Raanta was 13-5 with a .897 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average. For his career with the Blackhawks, he is 20-9 with a .912 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average. At Rockford Raanta was 8-1 with .918 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average.

4. The Blackhawks need salary cap space: The Blackhawks are entering the third level of salary cap hell and will need to free up some space for next season. Crawford earned 6.5 million this season and will earn near six million a year for the next five years. Scott Darling is going to earn 587,500 over the next two seasons and Raanta is going to earn 750,000. If the Blackhawks can move Crawford’s contract, they might not have to shed other players in the offseason.

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