Blackhawks Activate Corey Crawford

Perhaps the most significant move the Blackhawks will make on deadline day is activating goaltender Corey Crawford off injured reserve. Collin Delia was assigned to Rockford on Monday as the Hawks brought Crawford back after a two-month absence.

Crawford, 34, has appeared in 23 games this season, posting a 6-14-2 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He has one shutout.

Delia, 24, has appeared in 15 games with Chicago. He is 6-4-3 with a 3.48 goals against average and .909 save percentage.

17 thoughts on “Blackhawks Activate Corey Crawford

  1. Crawford was practicing forever and stated over a week ago he was completely fine and ready to play. If he plays Wednesday, why didn’t he play in the two biggest games of the year (under the circumstances for this particular team) this past weekend? It’s not like Ward or Delia were pitching shutouts. They were — at best lately the last couple weeks, and to quote Q — “ok.” The Hawks have been primarily winning the last few weeks b/c their top end players have been on fire. Not b/c of the goalies.

    It’s not a big deal in the long run, it’s not like they’re Cup material this season, but it shows poor decision making by either A) the coach B) Bowman or C) combination thereof. Whatever combination of the two of them — or singularly — he/they thought they could get away w/ winning the two games w/out Crawford, and they were wrong.

  2. Ok…..so say goodbye to a playoff run ( the last 2 losses indicate this) and hello draft lottery. Crow will continue where he left off on his 6-14 record.

  3. P.S. Regarding Bowman again, Vegas traded a #1 pick (who knows if he pans out or not, sound familiar?) D-man in the minors, a fringe bottom six forward and a 2nd Round pick for Mark Stone, and signed him to $9M per year for 8 years.

    Bowman couldn’t have done the substantially similar trade (one of the top D-men he drafted in the last two seasons), Ottawa’s choice of a bottom six forward and the same draft pick (and even throw in another D-man since Bowman hoards them, there are a gazillion signed)? This would have strengthened the team tremendously moving forward.

    This was an extremely low price on a top shelf player. Did Ottawa retain the fired Edmonton GM as consultant on this trade? Is Bowman hoarding cap space monies?

    “We need more.”

  4. Even if the Blackhawks swing that trade for Stone, they can’t afford $9m per staring down new deals for the Cat and Strome near term. Sad state of affairs when everyone is out shopping and no one is asking about your players. Time to ride it out.

  5. Happy to see Crawford back. Still odd he did not play this important weekend unless teams were asking about his availability and the Hawks were listening. Doubt it!
    Delia and Ward are not number one goalies and at this time of the year, if you are trying to get in, you need a real goaltender to step up. But I like the Vets giving it all they had this past month. Shows they want to win. Unfortunately, the roster lacks serious depth.
    Let’s ride the season out and wai until the summer to see if Bowman has a real quick rebuild plan.

  6. A player claiming he is good and ready to go. No shock there.

    Why do we have a concussion protocol in the NHL and NFL right now? Because players say they are good and ready to go, and then too many times they are not.

    Crawford couldn’t play until he passed the tests in the concussion protocol. Blame the player’s association for trying to protect the players who are incapable of protecting themselves in this type of situation, even if it is easier to blame the GM you don’t like.

  7. Happy for Crow and hopefully he can finish the season without a reoccurrence.

    19 games remain, play him no more than 5 games. The Hawks are not a playoff team. Stop with the delusions that they are. All I’ll say is Kruger and Kunitz. Let Crow ease into it, don’t over stress him and take unnecessary risks for a tanked season. This team does not have the talent to put up a strong fight in a playoff series. All remaining games should be used to develop the future. It would also be nice not to skate the shit out of Kane and Toews.

  8. Team does nothing on deadline day (for right or for wrong) and the McDonough PR firm saved this Crawford news as classic misdirection hoping fans would talk about that instead of their disappointment with “standing pat?”

    Could be…hope not, but could be what we have sunk to as an organ-I-zation.

  9. DP, might not make playoffs, might. Crow has that record becayse he played a lot of the games we went 0-6-2 and 0-8. The whole team sucked during most of that time. Delia did really good and hopefully he can be a #1 in future. Not need to push the develop him and Buckaroo. They did really good for where there at in development. Next stop for them is the 20 season.

    Crow is a top 3 goalie until he retires, at 40/36-40. Who knows how long he wants to play. Until he is not an elite goalie, skill wise, its better to have a top goalie in the league then to have a 15-30 goalie.

  10. Hawk one, Blackhawks have 20/21m in cap space, with trading 15 caphit and 50 on ltir, to use july 1. 12 and 17 might be around 10m/maybe 12m which leaves 10/11m in cap space to use which Can add a 10m player. Even with 50 not on ltir, then were not haveing 3m for 30 so thats a 3m difference, which still leaves 7-8m for july 1, so you might trade to upgrade for 10m player/or teo 5m caphit players
    or
    just get one 5m caphit player which is prob what we do.

  11. Hull, yea the core/and ‘older’ players are good, we just need a full roster to compete with top 10 teams in playoffs.

    Bowman is going to go full on board when we can. Like that other guy said, you make moves when time is right and do not when return is shitty.

  12. Stop with the conspiracy theories – as Silent said there is concussion protocol – it is not up to Crawford or Stan or Colliton to decide when he plays until he has passed the medical concussion test – the doctors decide when that is – give it a rest already

    And re: Stone – Stan couldn’t have outbid VGK for him – Brannstrom is an elite prospect ready to step in to the NHL next year (currently playing win the AHL and selected for AHL all star team) – he’s a year older then Boquist and a better prospect than Beaudin or Mitchell and I’m pretty sure he was captain of the Swedish 2019 WJ team and for sure was voted to the 2019 WJC all star team

    It was a good return for Stone

    Bowman haters gonna hate

  13. Yes. yes. Pulling for Crow to have healthy seasons from here on out, until hes old and not an elite goalie anymore. Which is what like 8 more yrs.

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