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‘Hawks GM acknowledges Brodeur pursuit, is “comfortable” with Crawford

Jul 6, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

Stan Bowman AP

Days after Martin Brodeur ended his flirtation with free agency — inking a two-year, $9 million deal to stay in New Jersey — Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman confirmed he’d discussed bringing the 40-year-old netminder to Chicago.

While some suggest those overtures could mess with the head of incumbent starter Corey Crawford, Bowman told the Chicago Daily Herald talking to Brodeur was just a part of the job.

“Marty is the winningest goalie in the history of the game, and in some ways you’d be foolish not to discuss that with him,” Bowman said. “I don’t think it says anything about [our goaltending]. We’re very comfortable with our goaltending.”

As it projects, Chicago will go into next year with the same tandem as last — Crawford the No. 1, Ray Emery the No. 2. The pair combined to allow 2.82 goals per game last year (22nd in the NHL) and post a .902 save percentage.

Bowman has stated on numerous occasions he believes in Crawford, often adding the organization feels he’ll return to his form of two years ago.

Crawford was outstanding in 2010-11 — 33-18-6 record, 2.30 GAA, .917 save percentage — but some contend that, after his first full tour through the NHL, opponents “figured him out” in 2011-12.

(Inability to seal the post, rebound control and problems on breakaways among the chief weaknesses.)

That said, Bowman doesn’t think his conversations with Brodeur undermine Crawford.

“It’s just like talking to Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. It doesn’t really disparage your crop of defensemen or forwards,” he explained. “I don’t think you would be doing you job if you didn’t talk to them.”

  1. grillmarks - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Cool, Stan. The fans are okay with losing, too.

  2. effthenfl - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    sigh.. I miss Dale Tallon : (

    • charliereno - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Are you friggin’ kidding me? In case you’ve forgotten, Dale and his mathematical incompetence are the reason we don’t have Versteeg, Byfuglien, or Ladd anymore. Not to mention Niemi. The guy put all his chips in one basket, which Stan got stuck with. Wake the F up.

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Tallon is great at building teams (looks that way in Florida as well). Maintaining them? Remains to be seen.

  3. rushledger - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I’m not a fan of Crawford sure he played well last year against Vancouver in the playoffs even in a losing effort still one series does not a good goalie make

  4. ineedmorehossa - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    what’s the guy supposed to say? “gee wiz, I wish we got Marty ’cause in looking over da films dere, it sure looks like Crawfords not very good on the transitions game, and dose goalz he let in at da playoffs… I means what a jagballs.” the guy from Rockford will get his chance.

  5. comeonnowguys - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Brodeur is better than Corey Crawford.

    Brodeur (was) a free agent.

    Stan Bowman is a GM.

    Who else is shocked by Bowman’s interest in signing Brodeur?

  6. balewsquare - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    While Crawford was shaky at times, it was his first full year as the #1. Also, he was pretty good at breakaways…first in the league during the shootout if I’m not mistaken.

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