Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford

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Bernstein: Blackhawks' Crawford Mystery Continues

Will the Blackhawks have their goaltender healthy and available?

Dan Bernstein
September 12, 2018 - 2:26 pm

(670 The Score) Nobody appears to know anything regarding the status of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, and if they do, they're certainly not saying.

That's the strangeness still looming as the Blackhawks open their training camp Friday, either still completely in the dark as to the availability of their single most important player or actively trying to keep it from being discussed for reasons only they understand.

Crawford has been absent since December with issues believed to be related to a head injury, and he has remained largely unseen during that time. He may take the ice when practice commences, he may not -- it's why they signed veteran Cam Ward in the offseason and retained the services of Anton Forsberg -- and we also have no solid information on whether he has even skated at all yet as part of his recovery.

The rumor mill has been churning to fill the information vacuum, fueled by Crawford's previous incident of hurting himself falling down at a rock concert and possibly his uninhibited behavior during a public championship celebration. In the absence of facts provided by the team or the player, some outlandish speculation has been allowed to exist without pushback.

Blackhawks sources have told 670 The Score from the beginning only that Crawford's situation has been a "complicated" one, but they have provided no further detail.

Crawford was optimistic when he appeared at the team's fan convention at the end of July, in what some team officials took as a sign that he was confident in a recovery.

But since then and now there has been no clear evidence of his readiness, no video of him in the net and seeing practice shots or even reports of such activity. If he hasn't been training at all, it would seemingly be difficult to accelerate right away to NHL speed. It's possible that this is all setting up for a healthy, full-go return, but it's more likely that a long and confounding story continues on for some time.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​​