Hawks 'Hopeful' Crawford Can Travel To Edmonton

Corey Crawford has been "unfit" to practice with the Blackhawks.

Chris Emma
July 21, 2020 - 1:20 pm
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(670 The Score) The Blackhawks are "hopeful" that goaltender Corey Crawford can travel with the team when it leaves for Edmonton on Sunday, general manager Stan Bowman said Tuesday afternoon.

Crawford, 35, has been absent since the Blackhawks returned to practice on July 13, with the team calling him "unfit to play." Bowman indicated Crawford can still get himself into a position in which he would be the Blackhawks' goaltender for their qualifying-round series opener against the Oilers in Edmonton on Aug. 1.

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"At this point, nothing has been ruled out," Bowman said.

Further details on Crawford's absence and health status haven't been made clear. Under a collectively bargained return-to-play agreement during the coronavirus pandemic, NHL teams are prohibited from sharing medical information on players.

Crawford had a 2.77 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 40 games this season. Without Crawford, the Blackhawks have been preparing backups Malcolm Subban, Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen as their goaltenders.

Until Crawford can return, the Blackhawks' focus will be on preparing their reserves, Bowman said.

"We still got a fair amount of time until Aug. 1 and the first game," Bowman said. "We're not thinking that far ahead right now.

"If and when Corey's ready, we'll have that conversation. But it's best to stick where we are today and not jump too far ahead."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.