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What To Think Of The Blackhawks Talks With Matt Murray

Chicago Blackhawks, Dominik Kubalik Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Blackhawks have been linked to goaltender Matt Murray a lot in the past few days. What does this mean for the team moving forward?

Even if nothing comes of the Blackhawks conversations with goaltender Matt Murray, it showcases that the team is looking elsewhere for who could be in net next season. This is significant when you think about where the Blackhawks are at with conversations with their starting goalie.

The Blackhawks have had Corey Crawford in net for the past decade. He has been one of the faces of the franchise ever since taking the net in 2011. Right now, it looks as if the conversations between Crawford and the ‘Hawks have dwindled up as neither can come to some form of agreement. So naturally, the Blackhawks have to look elsewhere.

Stan Bowman and the ‘Hawks have been linked with goaltenders like Darcy Kuemper, Marc-Andre Fleury, and now Matt Murray, to name a few. Any of these goalies would be great to see in a Blackhawks uniform if Crawford is out of the picture.

‘Hawks fans should be excited to think about who the team can have in net next season. We will only have one starting goalie, making most of these players linked to the Blackhawks as just being rumors. However, these rumors should help light a fire under Corey Crawford to get a contract done.

That is the biggest takeaway I saw from the team being linked to Matt Murray. That means the team shows Crawford they are willing to move in a different direction if he does not step in line with a contract they see fit.

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While none of the goaltenders the ‘Hawks have been linked to are perfect, they are definitely someone the team can begin to build around, especially Matt Murray, who is only 26 years old and still has a lot of time ahead of him in the NHL.

Which goaltender would you like to see in net next season with the team next season? Whoever it is will have a tough job ahead of him as the Blackhawks continue to grow and adapt on the fly this season.

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