Blackhawks Officially Move On From Corey Crawford

On Thursday afternoon the Chicago Blackhawks tweeted that Corey Crawford will not return to the club.

As it is now official, we thank Corey Crawford for being the best goaltender the franchise has had in nearly 30 years. The organization took him for granted at times, the fans took him for granted a lot of the time, and yet he leaves the Blackhawks 17 years after they drafted him with two Stanley Cup championships.

60 thoughts on “Blackhawks Officially Move On From Corey Crawford

  1. He was the most UNDERATED goalie in the NHL. Everyone seemed to focus on his few bad games rather the many unbelievable performances. Corey, you will be missed..

  2. Although we all knew this was a possibility, it is still a shock to the system. There is nobody to blame here. It’s just the way things work out sometimes. It is interesting that Bowman did not talk about free agency goalies. Do we really believe they have decided to go in to next season with Delia and Lankinen? Sounds that way. That means a decent amount of cap space for other signings, although it might be a dubious proposition if the puck is going in the net all the time.

    Hopefully, Crow can land somewhere and get paid well and compete for a Cup one more time. The thrills he has been part of for us fans will last us until we are gone.

  3. I wish someone would have that conversation with Stan as he is in his way out the door. Thanks Corey for all of the great performances, especially on the Cup runs.

  4. Too bad the announcement wasn’t
    Hawks officially move on from Stan Bowman! Best wishes Crow and thanks for the memories of winning the Stanley Cups

  5. All the best to Crawford, he will help some team. Bowman said no ufa be brought in, was high on Delia and Lankinen, hoped Subban could be resigned. Acquiring a young goalie wasn’t ruled out and possible, especially if Subban doesn’t sign although sounds like he will, Nalimov given an elc.

  6. Still trusting Blowman now??? Blowman should be fired for this alone. We are in for some really bad years folks. Thanks Rocky for not finding your balls and firing this turd. Lankinen and Delia are not the answer. Maybe we find a stop-gap in the interim. Corey still could could have a good year or two.

  7. All the best to CC. Too many memories to boil it down. Under appreciated yet rarely under delivered. Here’s hoping he gets one more shot at a cup before he hangs em up.

  8. not sure what motivated Stan to finally embrace the youth movement but I’m ready for them to commit to it 100 percent..it’s time to see how all these youngsters look and the only way to do that is to let them play significant minutes every night..good luck to Crow, hopefully he lands with a playoff contender and has another deep playoff run..I’ll be rooting for him..

    Now that some cap space has been freed up, do the Hawks offer sheet Cernak? 4 mil per only costs a 2nd rd pick..I would..if anything, just to put some more pressure on Tampa Bay the same way San Jose offer sheeted Hammer after the Hawks won the cup in 2010 and we were in cap hell..time to stop worrying about every gm relationship Stan if you want to improve your team..
    Keith-Boqvist
    Murphy-Cernak(I personally would love these two together)
    DeHaan-Mitchell
    Seabrook

  9. A shock but not a surprise- rebuild starts from the crease out, so there’s still plenty of work to do! I’m with all of you in thanking a future hall of Fame goaltender for some amazing years!
    At times, CC was spectacular and often carried the team on his shoulders. We won’t soon forget your Cup winning contributions. 20 years, when hockey fans look back on this franchise’s efforts 2009-2015, they will describe legends like Crawford, Toews, Kane, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa, coach Quenneville… like they do Orr, Makita, Hull, Esposito, Mahavolich, Richard etc.
    Don’t get me wrong- Bowman’s gotta go… but I’ve got my head around the fact changes needed to take place. I remember the ‘61 cup ( barely!) but vividly the 2010, 2013 & 2015 ones so unlike fans such as the Leafs, I can say “in my lifetime, my team’s Stanley Cups were special!

  10. “Still trusting Blowman now??? Blowman should be fired for this alone.”

    Man, the comments here go from “Screw Corey for wanting more than $3.5M” to “He’s our saviour! Give him whatever he wants” so damn fast…

    The guy is 36 years old. He’s been an incredible goaltender for the Blackhawks for the past 10 years. Him leaving hurts emotionally but, given the cap situation around the league & esp here in Chicago and the glaring issues elsewhere, bringing him back north of that $3.5M number – esp if it means no more Kubalik – just doesn’t make sense.

    THAT BEING SAID

    If the Hawks go into next year with only Delia & Lankinen we’re all f***ed

  11. Sorry to see him go, did a lot for the franchise. Not sure what he’ll be able to get on the open market with the glut of available goalies out there. Pittsburg certainly didn’t get much for Murray even though he has two rings and is younger. It’ll be interesting to see where Crawford ends up if he wants the starting job on a club.

  12. Seriously though Crawford in my opinion is top five goalie in the league and I mean right now. The playoff performance is all you needed to see.
    The comparison to Murray for me just isnt there. Recently Crawford has played better. Damaged goods or not.
    Lots of teams against the cap. I havent seen goalie salaries on other teams I know floury comes to mind. From talking to an nhl scout at least one other team was interested in Lankiunen, in the future anyway, there was no play made to snag him yet. So that’s encouraging, course this was before his injury so who knows if that’s still the case. I expect the Blackhawks to lose money this year so I imagine this was as big maybe even bigger than the flat cap.

  13. The team was dead last in shots against last year while 4th in save percentage. In other words the primary reason we were even remotely competitive was the stellar play of CC and Lehner. So now Stan wants to throw a young guy with zero NHL games (Lankinen) and two others who are shakier than a virgin on prom night in front of the most porous defense in the league. Plan!

  14. Crawford was a major piece of 2 Stanley Cup championships and for that he deserves to be revered by all Hawks fans. But, there comes a time to move on and if this means the Hawks are letting the past go and committing to a new future – then I applaud the decision so long as it is followed up with more than just lip service.

    Being more realistic than optimistic tells us that the new young core is at least a couple years away from being ready to compete in the playoffs so I not only wouldn’t mind the Hawks struggling in the win/loss column the next season or two in order to be much better in the long run than trying to squeeze another shot at the Cup at the expense of the long term. It probably should have been done a couple years ago but that’s water under the bridge so let’s hope they do it now.

  15. We have to get some of the old guard off the roster to get some more cap room. I think this is a good move for the future. It’s awaze hard

  16. Youth movement in goal has to start sometime, this is first step. Option to acquire a young goaltender can be done at anytime, giving what they have a look for now not a bad way to do it. If it looks like a dumpster fire acquire a goalie. With Commesso in the future, this should keep caphit/salary to a minimum in goal for most of the decade. Business decision most of it likely.

  17. Big sea change from McDonough to Danny Wirtz. Almost everything is now about the future and not the past.

    Quote in the Suntimes :

    “Now that we’ve made the decision the way that we’re going to move forward [with youth], there’s going to be a lot more things that we’re going to talk about over the coming days as far as planning next year’s team,” Bowman said.

    Bowman avoided explicitly labeling the Hawks’ new approach as a full-on rebuild, but made it clear this represents a “philosophical” shift in team-building.

  18. I’m not sure what the NHL has revealed for plans regarding fans in the seats at games in 2021 when the season gets going (if it gets going). I’ve heard the bubble idea isn’t expected. Based on the state of virus worldwide, I would guess it is unlikely we are back to a completely open society. Here are the ramifications as I see them:

    Revenue is already down from the 2020 season’s completion. If there is to be a limited or no in person season for games going forward, it only stands to make sense revenue will get smacked again. Yes TV money. Yes jersey sales. But that isn’t tickets, parking and concessions.

    It makes sense to put the inferior product out there for the upcoming season (when you won’t have fans in the stadium booing) as revenue again would appear to be considerably lower. You may as well get a positive out of the negative. We absolutely need to sort through the kids and see what we have. Hey, if the vets don’t like the idea – go find another team that wants ya and get back to us with the deal they will take. Ownership probably has calculated that any loss in season ticket owners can easily be made up by the waiting list purchasers. No loss there.

    Meanwhile, the coaching project – also known as Jeremy Colliton – gets a shot at teaching kids to play in his system, with the only expectation being that throughout the year improvement is seen, or that the coaching staff changes their philosophy to meet the player qualities in a more complimentary manner. He can be judged on those improvements for philosophy and delivering, and likewise the talent can be evaluated to fit the philosophy. And, management can determine if his tenure is aborted or extended.

    My preference was for Crow to not be back. I also would prefer we have addressed either the top pair glaring hole, or a dependable goalie for a potentially stronger team 2 or 3 years out. Let’s see what the next week brings.

  19. I’m often reminded of why the game was better before everything turned towards the almighty dollar.
    Personally, this is one of the most unfortunate examples I can recall.
    A wise man once said “Nothing ever stays the same”.

  20. Hey Tab, never once have I ever said anything bad about Crow on this or any other board. He was always a favorite of mine and sad to see him go, will be rooting for him wherever he lands. Unsung hero, should have been the Conn Smythe winner (Kane even admitted) and for some reason draw the ire of some here inexplicably. But yes, Stan is bad and this is just another example and not the only example. He needs to go plain and simple, and that I have said many many times on all boards. This ship will not be righted until he’s gone.

  21. Crow was a playoff beast (except for that ARZ series) and will forever be cherished as a clutch goaltender

    I was ok with him coming back on a 1 year deal but understand him not coming back

    However Delia and Lankinen as our 2 goalies is probably dooming the Hawks to SJ status for this coming year – their goaltending stunk and they were out of it early

    Hope they either make a move before camp or acquire a goalie once it’s clear that we need one – I prefer the first option but I’m afraid it’ll be the second

  22. The most troubling thing is that Stan says we believe in what we have. So on one hand we have “win now” forwards and were in cap hell. We have huge question marks at D and in goal. So does Stan have a plan for the whole team? If he does i cannot see it.
    If we are not strong enough to contend for a cup…its time to rebuild and get draft picks. Bit too late for that for 2020.
    Get a plan, Stan.

  23. All reports indicate he was offered more money than most will make in a lifetime. Much respect to Corey for his play on his time here. Lots of unexpected rfa players out there. Wouldn’t be shocked if Saad is moved as well. Just read the latest flurry rumor. Vegas needs to pay to move him. This deal should be lopsided in the Blackhawks favor.

  24. Honest be crazy if Blackhawks take sweetener for Fleury and VGK needing a backup sign Crawford on league minimum caphit salary with big performance bonuses. Reported VGK already shopped him offering a 2nd round pick and no takers, so never know.

  25. Ian – Toronto had to give the Canes a first round pick last year to take Marleau’s contract so that has to be the starting point unless Vegas retains significant salary. Can’t see anything happening with the Hawks based on SB’s comments today re: going with younger players. This lower cap is going to cause serious pain for a lot of teams. I’m sure we will see some big names in the league moved before play starts next season.

  26. Just goes to prove. You can’t fix stupid. Chicago fans have watched it with the Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Soxs. They will throw away a dollar to pick up pennies?

  27. This team has used the Cap as the best excuse since…”check’s in the mail.” Started after the first Cup in 2010. Laughable that they couldn’t manage the future with the past like most other teams in the league. Stanblow should have been the one released to free agent status: his mismanagement and big, NMC contracts doomed Hawks to the team you’ll see in January. If he DID have any stones, he’d admit that the rebuilding actually started (half-assed at best) a few years ago. Stop gaps like Ward and Kunitz-great guys in their prime- examples of kicking the cap problem down the road until the can finally bursts. Burst is here, this team will go nowhere. Can’t wait for One Last Shift with Crow getting a standing O one day. Good luck, CC, stay healthy.

  28. If Stan really does go with the real Delia and Lankinen then he’ll have a bit of $ to spend even after signing Kube and Strome

    Someone young like Anthansiou would be nice

  29. If the Hawks go into next year with only Delia & Lankinen we’re all f***ed

    Whos is the top 21 draft players.

    Any chance there is a otp pair Defensemen in the top 3 next draft?

  30. Mo actually saying 3 potential D in top 5 picks next year. Right shot Brandt Clark 6’5 good skater”, Leftshot Owen Power 6’1″” just starting to come on and guy i like Carson Lambos 6’1″ say he is a 1st overall candidate not big offensive guy but described as a freight train and watch some videos of him you’ll see why.

  31. HAWKS will finish DFL this upcoming year..
    GREAT MOVE ! LMFAOOOOOOO..
    Buy your Season tix now while you can!!!!!!
    What a DUMB ASS FRANCHISE.

  32. Maybe I’m wrong on the pain the cap will bring. Montreal gives Josh Anderson 7 years at $5.5m after Columbus gave Max Domi $5.3m for 2 years. I am surprised by the dollars in both deals but the Anderson deal seems insane for a guy who had an awful year due to injury. Kubalik is going to cost more than we thought.

  33. Crow was always a favorite for me but now it’s time to move on and let see what the future Hawks will look like in January when the season start.
    Just wish Crawford to stay healthy with is new team.
    I just post on the Post (4 to 7 pick )the little story of Crevier
    The Hawks where really interested in taking a chance on him

  34. DFL

    When Blackhawks finish last 3 standings we get the top pick. Patrick Kane.

    When DET finishs 40 under 500 they get 4th pick.

  35. Be a little wait a top 5 skill draft top pair defensemen player would be worth paying our dues and exactly what we need for the young wave.

  36. Great post Silent Spot. The pandemic has changed everything. Most businesses are struggling mightily to bring-in revenue. Managers are tasked with reducing costs.
    That’s sports franchises, that’s the airlines and many others.

    By all accounts, The Hawks offered Crawford $3.5 Million for one year. He apparently felt that is too steep a cut which is his prerogative and so he departs.

  37. Mo a top pair dman pick definitely be a good fit with Comesso arrival and have guys like Boqvist, Mitchell and Kalynuk or whoever steps up be estanlished by then form pretty good looking blueline maybe. The 3rd Hughes brother be another dman likely high ranked in next seasons draft too.

    Definitely saw with draft and decision with Crawford a statement towards future we haven’t saw by Bowman, maybe has to do with McDonough being gone, seems a less urgent toward next season for sure. Probably more to do with todays realities as some already mentioned. Will not be any big name vets be brought in by fa this week any adds be younger players who they are high on developing into future pieces. Still expect maybe to see a young goalie brought into mix yet before next season.

  38. Other then having to wait a couple/few yrs to ‘really’ be ready these things are better for us like we mentioned before on that. Also with playing young wave and not adding ‘temp’ ufas and trading away those from before were going to have growing pains that will turn into happy place because we ll get another gem like 77 maybe.

    Top pair from draft in 21 draft is worth growing pains that we have to do anyways. The experience was wonderful now lest get some growing pain experience and another top 5 skill draft player. Were there wasnt any in 19 and 20 draft basically and your saying theres a bunch of them in 21 draft.

    Timing.

  39. That`s a great imaginary blue line you put together there Ian , smurfs and unproven kids with a couple …who ever`s and some other high ranked imaginary draft picks next year .
    Get real .

  40. @Ian: two years ago Stan passed on both Bouchard and Dobson in favour of Boqvist so I doubt he would go for Lambos. But a new GM just might so maybe you’ll get your wish.

  41. Jordy these moves we are seeing now, have the look of a Gm with a vote of confidence to build a young team and be around for awhile. Doesn’t give you impression of any front office overhaul in near future anyways.

  42. Hawks2015 that’s not imaginary other than top pick next year, the rest of the blueline and goalie is the future being developed , add in Murphy still young with a Vlassic and Regula for size and shutdown ability that is where their going. No sense being down on it until we can see what they can actually do.

    Same if they go with in house goalies this year, i am hoping Lankinen is ready and takes the no.1 spot and runs with it. Delia or Subban if he signs can be serviceable backups maybe but i believe Lankinen has to be the go to guy.

  43. Ian – was it the world championship where Lankinen played so well and Finland won it all?

    I think so but I haven’t seen him play since – hopefully his performance there is a sign of good things to come in CHI but we won’t know til it happens or not

  44. @Ian: he seems to have a directive but I don’t know that he also has the Wirtz’s confidence. If he comes up with a cheap goalie who can plug the dyke he likely survives but this could easily be a bottom 5 team and he may not survive that although he’s already lasted 3 more years than I would have liked and outlasted Q and McD so he’s got a talent for it.

  45. It seems to me acquiring a goalie isn’t all that difficult, at least it hasn’t been the last few years with free agent goalies switching teams all over the place. If a good long term deal falls in Stan’s lap – then fine, sign the goalie of the future in the present. But I don’t consider it a priority this off season and I say that knowing full well that a combination of Delia, Lankinen and Subban (if he re-signs) are probably not going to carry the team to wins. But that’s OK because I think it’s inevitable the Hawks will get worse before they can hope to get better. Plus, maybe one of those goalies rises to the occasion and proves to be the goalie of the future – let’s find out.

    The quasi-dynasty of the 2000’s ended a few years ago. I understand the rationale to keep trying to piecemeal a team around the old core for one more kick at the can, but that was a calculated risk that if it didn’t work the Hawks would delay the necessary rebuild and now 3 years later – here we are. At least we appear to be doing now – better late than never.

    If we get lucky with the kids maturing quicker than expected maybe 88 and 19 will still be top line players and that would be great, but that shouldn’t be the objective anymore – that ship has sailed and the only question is whether or not 88 and 19 are on board when we reach our destination. Either way, I’m happy the ship has finally sailed.

  46. Ebony. Excellent read. I agree with you wholeheartedly. “Re-tooling” As McDonough called it, on the fly, is extremely difficult.
    Remember back to last off -season ? We were told, by McDonough, that all we had to do was get into the playoffs like the St. Louis Blues did, and “go on a run”.
    Than God, the organization has moved off that philosophy.

    Embrace the rebuild which thankfully is not a total tear down. Dach, Boqvist, Mitchell, Kubalik, DeBrincat are some nice pieces. We need another surprise. Perhaps Kalynuk to join that group. Maybe Kurashev to the forward group.
    But all of this cultivating takes time. To me it’s great to look forward to the future
    And not watch a bunch of recycled retreads go for the 8th playoff spot.

  47. COREY CRAWFORD. You will be greatly missed. Bowman you need to be fired. You should be concentrated on defense men. You want to get rid of somebody Start with Keith. I have been a fan for or 50 years. I can no longer consider my self. One.

  48. EB, alot of the rebuild has started, with Dach, Reichel, Kubalik, Cat, Strome and Nylander looked at at as potential future top 6 candidates auditiong for that role now except for Reichel who was drafted for percieved top 6 role. Then along with vets Toews, Kane and Saad as unknowns, Saad unlikely to be around past tdl if their not intending to resign him. Toews and Kane for 3 more years, after that resign, retire or sign elsewhere, be their decision. Also developing hopefuls like Kurashev, power forwards Morrison and Teply, plus Suter. Barrett for top 6 0r 9 roles.

    Mentioned defense above with Carlssson and Beaudin as hopefuls there, both 2 at 40 in 3 years and 7 be out of the picture then . Plus long term future in goal hopeful, if Lankinen or someone else deveops into the next no.1 a core is there.

    Still a few question marks but a good start has already begun. High end adds are always neede to compliment it but covid likely pushed back those timelines and allows for more time for youth for sure.

  49. There was something Lankinen kicked arse in then was devloping/normal in play. So he could have the ability/eventually.

  50. Hopefully the worlds were a flash of what Lankinen can be. Adapting to a new culture and North American game can be misleading sometimes, plus he dealt with a few injuries, maybe he will be this years rookie find out of Europe.

  51. ER, yea for the dynasty core 10 81 4 50 7 2 they arnt. For 19 88 they have 7? good more yrs being the kind of players they are like others that went to 40/43. Only these kind of players can do that. 19 88 still be here if they are when were quality deep again and have maybe 5 yrs they can play. Not needing to be 1st line players or carry in any way.

    19 88 can be role players on a future captain and leader by 77 just 19 did. 19 88 will still be good ‘enough’ and still here.

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