Before we begin talking about trading Corey Crawford, let me begin by saying thank you Corey for helping us win two Cups and by carrying this team for so many years. Now with that behind me, Corey Crawford is expendable.
The play of Robin Lehner is proving that the Blackhawks are done with Crow. Lehner faced 50+ shots on goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the game. Crow has been the weaker of the two goalies, and because of that, he probably will not get a contract next year.
Since the two Chicago Blackhawks’ goalies are on expiring contracts, it makes sense that one of them will not be back next season. Why let one goalie walk in free agency, when you can actually get something for him at the deadline?
A team like San Jose has been desperate for solid goaltending for a few years now, and Crow can provide that. Although his time in Chicago might be over, he is still a solid NHL goalie that any team would be lucky to have. This is why trading him could bring in some valuable assets.
I am not saying all of these players are going to be out of a Blackhawks’ uniform by next week. Rather, I just thought we should highlight a few of the ‘Hawks players that might find themselves in a different uniform by the trade deadline, should the team continue to decline.
If the Blackhawks do decide to move any of these pieces you can bet we will be rebuilding this team. Chicago would instantly improve their chances of getting a good draft pick by trading away one of these players. Luckily, we have some prospects to watch for the 2020 NHL Draft already prepared for you.