Corey Crawford Gets Consecutive Starts: Goalie Controversy?

No. There is no goalie controversy in Chicago.

Did that blow the suspense? Sorry.

The Blackhawks surprised many by deciding on giving rookie Corey Crawford a second consecutive start on Wednesday night against Nashville. After giving up two quick goals in Buffalo, Crawford settled down and played 55 solid minutes in the Blackhawks first win of the new year, and certainly earned another start.

But there is no goalie controversy.

Wednesday begins a stretch for the Blackhawks in which they play seven games in 10 days. The games begin against last year’s Central Division runner-up, and includes playoffs teams Buffalo and Vancouver. The up-and-coming St. Louis Blues play the Blackhawks twice in two weeks, and Columbus plays the Hawks twice as well.

The early season schedule is just heating up.

By playing Crawford on Wednesday night, coach Joel Quenneville is setting up his goalie rotation for this tight stretch of games. Because Crawford played well against Buffalo, he likely earned a start when the Sabres come to Chicago on Saturday. That would likely mean Marty Turco would start Friday in Columbus and Monday against St. Louis.

Turco hasn’t been exceptional, but he hasn’t been bad. This isn’t a scenario like the Hawks had last year where Cristobal Huet was legitimately awful early on; Quenneville is simply getting both of his goalies into action during a tough part of the schedule.

4 thoughts on “Corey Crawford Gets Consecutive Starts: Goalie Controversy?

  1. I think it’s setting up to be just like last year. Q uses the occasional start for Crawford to get him some work, see how he looks. Turco will get the majority of the starts until the new year and then all of the sudden, Crawford starts getting all the home starts halfway through January. By the All-Star break, Turco trade rumors are in full swing. Crawford is playing well, the Hawks don’t want to pay Turco next year and he’s traded before the deadline.

  2. The Hawks already don’t have to worry about paying Turco next year… he signed a one-year deal.

  3. Yes, but if they don’t develop Crawford and Turco has a nice year, who else will really be out there that is a difference maker that the Hawks can afford. Turco will be it.

  4. Um… Niemi will be an unrestricted free agent in 10 months… In a perfect world, you’re right in saying Crawford will eventually prove he’s good enough to hold down the job. But he certainly hasn’t won the job yet.

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