Blackhawks: Corey Crawford ruled ‘unfit’ to play, per Jeremy Colliton

Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Corey Crawford missed the first day of the Chicago Blackhawks training camp and now reports have come out on the reason why. According to head coach Jeremy Colliton, Crawford is unfit to play.

The Chicago Blackhawks started their training camp for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs today, with one name not on the ice. That name was Corey Crawford. For the Blackhawks to win their series against the Oilers, Crawford playing is almost a must.

Hearing that veteran goaltender Corey Crawford missed practice today was alarming. I figured it had something to do with him being extra careful, as his family just welcomed another baby to the world. The words ‘unfit’ to play just don’t sit well with me. I don’t understand it.

The NHL has a policy now where they won’t be giving out information on injured/sick players during this playoff run. I am not here to guess why Crawford wasn’t at practice, but it could be as simple as him being careful with his family or something being seriously wrong.

Jeremy Colliton announced that the team would filter through Malcolm Subban, Collin Delia, and Kevin Lankinen for their three top goalies. My prediction is Delia and Subban will be the top 2 if Crawford doesn’t return for the playoffs.

The team has to be safe and has to play like Crawford isn’t coming back. If Subban or Delia end up taking the starting role, it could be the end for Crawford in Chicago.

Let’s say Crawford doesn’t return and Delia or Subban lights it up for the team, is there a need to bring Crawford back in 2020-21?

With things being crazy right now, I’m not sure when we’ll know what’s going on with Crawford. More news will come on our Twitter page. A link to that is here.