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With Crawford, Khabibulin hurt, ‘Hawks recall Simpson

Dec 9, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks will have their goaltending depth tested this week.

With Corey Crawford nursing a lower-body injury (he won’t travel to Dallas for Tuesday’s game) and Nikolai Khabibulin on IR, the club was forced to recall Kent Simpson from AHL Rockford on Monday — meaning the ‘Hawks are now rolling with the goalie tandem that’s carried the IceHogs for most of this season.

Antti Raanta, previously called up in the wake of Khabibulin’s injury, will be Chicago’s temporary No. 1 while Simpson’s stint with the club largely depends on how fast Crawford and/or Khabibulin can get healthy. The veteran Russian was said to be “working out like crazy,” according to head coach Joel Quenneville, who also suggested Crawford’s injury isn’t too serious.

Simpson, 21, has appeared in 15 games with Rockford this season, posting a 6-7-0 record, with a 3.38 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in those contests. Raanta is 3-0-1 for the ‘Hawks this year with a 2.16 GAA and .922 save percentage.

  1. muckleflugga - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    okay hawks fans, last chance

    jimmy howard, kyle quincey and four hundred pounds of deeply tender octopi straight across for andrew shaw, brandon saad and twenty gallons and twenty pounds of mrs. toews’ borscht and roll kuken

    last chance…

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      ZERO chance, regardless of th4e foodstuff. Shaw AND Saad? Are you under the influence of something?

    • slysipops - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      lay off that octopi………. it’s making you dillusional ! must be fermented?

  2. lonespeed - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    The ‘Canes have three goalies; Anton Khudobin, Justin Peters and Cam Ward. Make an offer…

    • slysipops - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      how about an unused draft choice from 1999?

  3. hammerhead5573 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    @ Muckleflugga – only if we get a year supply of Giordano’s pizza. If that is a deal breaker, than no.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Can’t believe everybody is going along with this😂

    • slysipops - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      there called wet dreams!

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