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Blackhawks: Top 3 needs heading into the offseason

Dylan Strome, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Backup Goalie

If Corey Crawford is the starting goalie next season, they’re going to need to invest with their backup goalie. They need a goalie who can start 35-40 games. Crawford cannot play a full season like he used to. The injuries have caught up to him.

It’s better to be safe than sorry with the backup goalie position. Last season, Robin Lehner was a perfect person for the role. In the offseason, Malcolm Subban needs to go. As a restricted free agent, they could trade him for a draft pick. Still, he cannot be the backup in 2020-21.

If the front office believes in Collin Delia or Kevin Lankinen as their backup, they’ll have this issue fixed quickly.

In the future, Delia and Lankinen will be the one-two punch in Chicago. This future might not be next season though. It might take a few seasons for this to happen.

If they look to free agency, Jacob Markstrom is the move. He is cheaper than Crawford, and could even replace him.

It’s hard for me to believe that Stan Bowman would let Crawford walk in free agency, but if they can get Markstrom, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. Still, Markstrom is 30 years old. He’s got the potential to be the starter in Chicago for three-to-five seasons if it pans out.

Markstrom could be a great decision, which could even save Bowman’s job.

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If they can add depth to the team and find the right goalie, there could be a playoff window re-opening in Chicago.

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