Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford

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Crawford Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

The Blackhawks took the ice for training camp with Corey Crawford sidelined.

September 14, 2018 - 8:48 am

(670 The Score) Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford offered clarity to the injury that has lingered since December, admitting to reporters Friday that he's still dealing with symptoms of a concussion.

Crawford worked on the ice before practice but was held out of the session, which was the Blackhawks' first of camp. Crawford spoke to the media after practice and explained that he has dealt with concussion symptoms since December. 

“Well, we want to talk more about injuries, last year was (a) concussion and I’m still getting over symptoms,” Crawford said to the media on hand at MB Ice Arena. “Most of them are gone, but I’m not clear yet, so until that happens I won’t be back in.

“It’s hard to say right now. But things have been progressing really well, so it’s really hard to put a timeline right now."

Crawford last played on Dec. 23, when he appeared to suffer a head injury on a play in the crease. He would go on to miss the remainder of the season with what the Blackhawks called an "upper-body injury." The status of Crawford had been uncertain leading into training camp, with the team careful in saying whether he would be on the ice for the first practice.

Crawford played in 28 games last season, recording a 2.27 goals allowed average and a 92.9 save percentage before the injury. He has a career 2.37 goals against average and 91.9 save percentage.

The Blackhawks struggled without Crawford in net, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The team signed veteran Cam Ward during the offseason, adding stability in the backup goaltender role.