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3 Questions the Blackhawks need to answer in 2020-21

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Who will be the starting goalie?

Corey Crawford might have won the battle over the starting goalie position between himself and Robin Lehner, but he did not win the war.

Crawford is not under contract for next season, so his future with the Blackhawks is up in the air at this point. While I think there is no doubt the Blackhawks could use Crawfords service over the next two or three seasons as they try and transition one of their young goalies into the new starter, I do think it is up to Crawford as to whether or not he wants to play another few seasons.

The truth is Crawford has had some injuries in the past, while any player can come back from an injury, concussions are serious. It might just be too big of a risk for Crawford to play a few more seasons and risk another life-altering concussion.

If Crawford decides to play, the Blackhawks better offer him a contract. This goalie helped win two Stanley Cups for the Blackhawks and has earned this city’s respect. He could help mentor the next Blackhawks starter, whom I hope is Colin Delia.

Delia might have had a shaky season in Rockford, but he has shown that he has the hockey IQ to make it in the NHL, hopefully, this past season helped push him forward in his career, and he is ready to jump into the NHL and start progressing. Again though we will not know until next season or later in the year when the Blackhawks either re-sign Crawford or add another goalie to the mix.

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