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Corey Crawford isn’t aiming to make big changes

Jul 27, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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By almost any measure, Corey Crawford excelled during the 2013 season.

Even so, many will assign a lot of the credit to the strong Chicago Blackhawks team around him (and focus heavily on his supposedly weak glove hand).

While a new goalie coach might prompt the 28-year-old netminder to make some minor tweaks, Crawford told CSNChicago.com that he expects things to remain essentially the same.

“It depends on who the coach is and what he wants to do, but really, my job stays the same,” Crawford said. “Maybe little adjustments; we’ll see how we can work that out. But the way I play doesn’t change.”

It’s tough to argue with the guy holding the championship belt, after all.

  1. Windmiller4 - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I’m still not completely sold on this guy. And with the reductions in thigh rises on pads I’m not to sure how well he’ll do with smaller gear. He did play well but heavily benefitted from an incredible team in front of him

    • hammerhead5573 - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Not sure if you had an opportunity to watch all of the games this year and if not I would understand where you are coming from. I watched pretty much all of them and there were many games where the goalies kept the Hawks in games. Yes, he an Emery had a great team in front of them but there were games where Oduya, Seabrook and Leddy took mental breaks and needed the goalies to step up. I would take Crawford over many goalies, but like every goalie, they have bad games too.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        I get into the details, as I’ve been an analyst since 1977. While GAA and SOG ARE influended by the team in front (Hawks were OK in blocks, #1 in take aways, #4 in SOG allowed), a goalie’s save% is mostly the goalies. Crawford was tied for 5th in the regular season, 5th in the playoffs (I’m not counting guys who only appears in parts of 1 or 2 games).

    • mexrph - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      I was a Crawford skeptic like you until the SC playoff run. Crawford had only 1 bad game out of 23 (game 4 at Boston) and he had much better stats than Niemi in 2010. You need to reconsider your position.

  2. s2mikey - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I still believe that hockey has changed over the last 15-20 years and it is no longer feasible to just sit back and hope your goalie wins the game for you. The NJ Devils played that way it was effective for a while but it wouldn’t work now at all. Plus it’s boring. Crawford is just like all of the cup winning goalies of late – he’s decent but its the offensive prowess that wins the games. Sure, he’ll steal a few games here and there but any average goalie would have won a cup with this team.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      I’ve seen him make loads of great stops/denials last year. Bottom line is his save %, which was NOT that of an average goalie. Top 5 regular season and playoffs.

    • alexbaymac - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      While I agree with most of what you said, the part about Crawford being ‘decent’ or ‘average’ is way off.
      I do agree that Craford was like MOST of the cup-winning goalies lately, I believe most of them are well above average, some bordering on Elite (see TT vs.the Nucks).
      I think you’d have gotten more agreement if you had said that Crow was “well above average but not quite elite”. But to put him at average is just wrong. Ask Mr Parise about the 4 point-blank stops one-on-one & just how ‘average’ Corey is!

  3. chitown56 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Yo mikey whose your team? Cuz ur an idiot, average goalie my ass, try actually watching hockey for once

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