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Chicago’s Crawford sits out Saturday, should start season opener

Sep 28, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Corey Crawford won’t play for the Chicago Blackhawks as originally planned on Saturday, but the good news is that he should be able to start in the team’s season-opener on Tuesday,’s Tracey Myers reports.

Hot on the trail of Bryan Bickell‘s “lower-body wardrobe malfunction,” the description of Crawford’s injury – via the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus – is another one for our inner-children:

The thought of the 28-year-old missing substantial time isn’t really snickering on the playground material. One cannot help but wonder if Chicago’s title defense might rest on the health and productivity of Crawford, especially those who believe that Nikolai Khabibulin is past his due date.

Luckily for ‘Hawks fans, they won’t have to face that proposition yet.

  1. bcsteele - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    …nothing his wife shouldn’t be able to help him out with.

    Sorry…couldn’t help myself.

  2. LampyB - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Interested to see how khabi performs with solid defenders in front of him. I bet hawks play him a lot this yr

  3. chiadam - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Insert lower body stiffness joke .

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Khabi probably has one more year in his tank – as a backup. Not sure whether 37,38 or 39 is the age to start playing less games to be able to play what you do better, but I’m very sure it’s before 40.

    I know it’s tough relationally for the Devils to say their longtime allstar is no longer their starter, but I suspect MB won’t be the starter by year end.

  5. slysipops - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    this is why the 6 year contract should have never been done. didn’t the front office learn anything from the HUET fiasco ?

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