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‘Hawks goalie Crawford seeking redemption

Jan 11, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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Corey Crawford started the 2011-12 season with two things: a new $8 million contract and positive momentum from an impressive playoff performance.

The 28-year-old still has the contract, but the positive momentum is gone after a challenging second year as the Blackhawks’ starting goalie.

“I feel like I need to kind of redeem myself a little bit,” Crawford said Friday, per the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and finally it’s here so I’m getting excited and ready to go.”

Crawford, along with backup Ray Emery, struggled all season to give their team consistent goaltending. But barring a trade (for, say, Roberto Luongo), the same duo will be back between the pipes.

In July, ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expected Crawford to bounce back.

“I’m very comfortable and confident with Corey,” Quenneville said. “You look at the history of goaltenders around the league…there is a little bit of a bounce factor in that second year. A number of top goalies have had that career path. We anticipate Corey getting right back on track.”

The Blackhawks could certainly help their goaltenders by playing better in front of them.

Said GM Stan Bowman after his team failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs: “Our goaltending in general was not our strength this year. [But] I don’t think it’s fair to lay the blame on Crawford. You win as a team and you lose as a team. We need to be stronger defensively and that includes our team commitment to defense, not simply the goaltender and not simply the defensemen. It’s really a team concept.”

  1. grillmarks - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Crow needs to have a big year for us. He was soft last season and gave up too many weak goals… time to show you’re worth your cap hit.

    • mattyg89 - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      I agree Crow gave up soft goals but all goaltenders do to be fair. What upset me the most (as I’m sure most hawks fan can agree with) is that he gave them up when big games were on the line. Phoenix anyone? I don’t think the scrutiny on him would be as bad if we were up 4-0 in some of those games and he gave one up.

  2. hawkeyplayer - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I want to give him a chance too!

    I have faith in Chicago goaltenders!!!

  3. pone27 - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I have been a HUGE fan of Crow since he was in the minors behind Habby and Huet.

    It really disappoints me that while hes been a stable goaltender, he just cannot handle the pressure.

    I feel like pressure situations you either have, or you don’t. I am not saying ditch Corey, but going into this season with him say being the Hawks full time starter….. It concerns me.

  4. jhuck92 - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Didn’t he say the same thing before last season? It’s frustrating as a ‘Hawks fan. How many times can you ask for redemption? At this point, I would love to have Luongo in net.

    • pone27 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      I personally wouldn’t love it, but if the price is right ill take him.

      Luongo is not worth dealing one of our top 6 Fs. His cap is such a terrible situation.

    • alexbaymac - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Not really, he wasn’t the ‘starter’ when Huet left; Turco was. This past year was his first ever as the starting goalie from day 1.
      I am a Crawford fan but those soft goals should never have happened. I’m really looking for a better year from him but it will take having an important game on the line (I guess they ALL will be this year!) & being left out to dry by his team, to see if the mental toughness is really there or not. Last year it wasn’t there against the Yotes.

  5. northstars17 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    what are the chances of trading Crawford for Jonathan Quick??

    =)

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