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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- A Quick Thought About Next Year

By Keith Schultz
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 10: Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager, speaks to the media in between periods of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 10: Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president and general manager, speaks to the media in between periods of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans!  The Chicago Blackhawks have 5 games remaining so I have one quick thought about next year before I get excited to see what Dylan Sikura does in his debut tomorrow night. 

This is my thought, What if Corey Crawford doesn’t return next year to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup?

This is a worst case scenario of course, but it’s a question I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of months.

You can blame a lot of things on this season and missing the playoffs, but the one common denominator of it all is the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks #1 goalie wasn’t to be found for the entire 2nd half of the season.

Of course, I hope Corey Crawford gets completely healthy before even thinking about stepping back on the ice, but it was weird how the franchise put him out there to answer questions a month ago and then let him disappear.

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Crawford does cover up a lot of holes especially when the defense is experiencing a lot of growing pains, but the thing is the Hawks need him no matter what just for a confidence builder.

There is quite a lot of things to be excited about next year with all the youth on the roster now with some Stanley Cup core experience, but if the Hawks are without Crawford at the beginning of next year we could be staring at the same fate as the last few months of this season which was very mediocre to bad goaltending.

Here are some morning links to kick off your hump day! 

What are Patrick Kane‘s 8 most memorable moments in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform (Verdi)

Brent Seabrook is as durable as they come as he approaches game #1000 (Sun-Times)

Victor Ejdsell was solid in his debut the other night for the Blackhawks (Daily Herald)

Blake Hillman signed a contract and will join the team after a great career with the University of Denver (Committed Indians)

The Masterton Trophy nominees were announced on Tuesday (Tsn)

A couple of terrible games have raised concerns with the Predators (Predlines)

The Winnipeg Jets could do some damage in the NHL playoffs this year (Sportsnet)

Stars need to give fans a high note to finish off their season (Blackout Dallas)

Next: Are THe IceHogs More Exciting Then The Blackhawks?

The Islanders are facing a dicey future (Puck Prose)

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