Corey Crawford “Unfit” To Join Blackhawks Camp

When the Blackhawks took the ice as a team for the first time since mid-March on Monday, one notable player was missing.

Goaltender Corey Crawford was not with the team. Head Coach Jeremy Colliton said Crawford is “unfit to participate” in practice. He went on to say the other goaltenders in camp – Malcolm Subban, Collin Delia, Kevin Lankinen and Matt Tomkins – will have an equal opportunity to earn ice time.

“For now, it’s an opportunity for those guys to compete,” Colliton told the media.

He went on to say: “At the end, we’re going to have to make a decision.”

Nothing specific regarding Crawford’s health or anything else was shared by anyone with the organization.

45 thoughts on “Corey Crawford “Unfit” To Join Blackhawks Camp

  1. With 30 cases of COVID in the NHL it’s not a big surprise to see 1 player missing .
    I would go with Delia or Lankinen
    But maybe Suban could be the man and bring another cup to Chicago
    ;)

  2. This is surprising and disappointing.
    I do have a request for the folks who regularly post: please no “I heard from the barber whose sister is a bartender at a bar where Crawford’s cousin’s brother-in-law hangs out that …….”.

  3. Hopefully he gets healthy and returns, but Collitons choice of words make you think he won’t be playing against Oilers.

  4. uncle bill

    well said. we are overwhelmed with stupidity these days. the last thing we need is rumors and innuendo.

  5. I don’t recall ever hearing an organization use the phrase “unfit to participate”. Seems like a strange choice of words. I guess we are lucky that we aren’t heading into a new season with that list of goalie candidates to become the starter.

  6. Hi all!

    First of all we are screwed by this. I know I am preaching to the choir by saying he’s our best option between the pipes now. Secondly, Suban IS NOT, MAY I REPEAT NOT the answer for the Hawks. Third, the other goalies will have to stand on their collective heads to win a series let alone a Cup. This rebuild means we’re at least another year away from competing and really makes the Lehner move even worse! It makes me think the wise move would have been to cancel the season and wait to see what October brings…. Sorry for the negativity Hawk brothers and sisters but this is almost too much for an otherwise ultra positive Hawk fan to bear.
    PLEASE HAWKS, PROVE ME WRONG!!!!
    LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!

  7. Without Corey the Hawks will be very fortunate to win a single game against the Oilers. My interest in the series, if they actually are able to play it, is rapidly dwindling.

  8. “Unfit to participate” is an strange choice of phrase. First thing that came to mind was his UFA status – he has a financial interest in not getting injured in these games and no better way of insuring that than by not playing.

    I’m already on record stating I prefer the Hawks lose to the Oilers and have a shot at Lafreniere or at the least get the 9th or 10th pick which would still be a very good player as most draft analyses there are 11 players a cut above the rest of the bunch. So – Corey, go ahead and take the rest of the year off.

  9. I take it to mean he’s not in playing shape. Bowman really should’ve gave Robin an extension. He better be fired soon.

  10. The “Unable to Participate label has always portrayed negatively on the player.Without a healthy Crawford the Hawks are done in 3 games. Time to begin the hunt for a #1 Goalie I guess.

  11. I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that Crawford not playing guarantees the lose the series. Will it be tougher to win without CC – sure but nothing guaranteed.

  12. F W I W
    An article in The Athletic said that “unfit to participate” is the NHL mandated phrase for injuries or any other issue that prevents a player from practicing or playing. Since the league is handling all information on COVID-19 this just lumps everything including that into one category.

  13. I’m with Ebony Raptor. It’s likely a contract status decision or a decision related to COVID and his young family.

    Either way, the future for the Black Hawks is high draft choices. I’d rather the Black Hawks be well positioned for a better pick. Good luck against Edmonton, but I’m not wringing my hands over this series.

    Regarding Stan, if perfection is the standard and expectation, then he ought to be fired. Since he’s hitting on approximately 60% is his decisions, then he’s probably upper tier status.

    I like to divide these sorts of things in thirds. He’s absolutely, definitely not bottom third. At worst, he’s high middle tier. On a good year he’s probably upper half of the top tier and at worst top of the middle tier. Better GMs certainly exist, but are they available and are they really much better than Stan? In my view, not really. You can win with Stan.

    His talent evaluation infrastructure and organization, which is exactly where this organization needs to be very good, is mid upper tier consistently, especially in Europe year in and year out. The future looks good, to very good, and is probably middle of the top third as an organization.

    I think things are going to improve dramatically over the next season or two.

  14. Not a good start to camp 2.0. Hopefully Crawford is back soon. Just asking Seabrook is ok to play after hip surgery a couple of months ago? Would it not be better just to sit him and let another young player get time to play?

  15. I am a big Hawks fan.
    However I am being realistic and I know that they are only going to compete due to the strange circumstances brought about by events of the last 5 months.
    They do not stand a chance, especially without a seasoned goaltender.
    They do not even remotely resemble the team they had in 2015 or any other cup winning year. More’s the pity.

  16. Unfit to play is a step up in clandestine codespeak from upper body or lower body injury.

    Don’t read too much into it……..yet

  17. We are observing a number of players opting out of the rebooted sports. It appears that some of these are related to a player’s apprehension about playing due to family matters, or what a shortened season means for career status, etc. Every player in every sport has his or her own story.

  18. Pure conjecture here (clarifying statement for Uncle Bill–not trying to pull the cousins friends sisters of Abe Froman’s niece angle)
    but the RN in me thinks that he doesn’t want to play/his wife doesn’t want him to play because he has a newborn at home AND because of his UFA status.

  19. Maybe it’s just a bluff and he will be more then ready.
    Who knows the real reason ….
    Why did he said that ?
    Colliton is maybe frustrated because ???
    To many questions
    I still think that their will not be able to finish the playoff .
    To many players will be out because …COVID..
    Let see iff they can start next month

  20. If he opts out after being named to play, that shoukd known like Hamonic and Green. Unfit to play as stated above is what league for phase 3 and 4 wants teams to use and league will handle what goes public about injury/illness.

    Any positive tests right now is players finding out they are positive and may otherwise not have known, not getting it from being together at practice at this point.

  21. This whole team is unfit to play ,crap…they have no business even being in this charade called the playoffs .

  22. I am the one that would like all sports to continue and would attend each one sitting in the front row or on the glass. With all the rules and proticalls that exist at the present time I don’t think that’s going to happen. Best chance of happening are the outdoor sports. As you see golf, racing, and soccer playing. Baseball and football might have a chance.

    My thinking on CC is that there is a little fear for the health of his family. The instigator in me sez this is a great move to get a shot at La Franchise.

  23. Blackhawks supposed to be in running to sign Pius Suter 23 yr old out of Swiss league where Kubalik played. Not a big strong physical force but known as a smart offensive skilled player, who limits mistakes and back checks well and goid pk guy. Can play center or wing. Played in Ohl in draft year in 2014 and put up decent numbers, and surprisingly wasn’ t drafted. Size 5’11” 170 lbs. scared teams away but plays hard and not a scared type of game.

  24. They already have 11 fwds on nhl roster signed for next year and the 3 rfas, plus 12 non roster fwds undr contract for next year, Shaw saying he intends on playing next year.

  25. Thanks to all who enlightened me on the NHL edict to use the phrase “unfit to play”, and apologies to Crawford for the ignorant aspersion I cast on him.

  26. CC could be dealing with an injury or could be Covid positive or could be out of shape – any of those possibilities could still mean that he’ll be back
    The way the NHL rules are for this RTP the Hawks don’t have to disclose any info other ‘unfit to play’
    Of course they are going to say that they’re proceeding with the goalies they have that are currently fit to play – the only thing we know is that today Crow is not playing
    He may yet be ‘fit’ to play – Stan seemed to imply that so we’ll just have to see but if he doesn’t play no way IMO that they beat the Oilers
    I had previously thought that goaltending with Crawford was a significant advantage for Chicago

  27. How about “unfit to coach”.

    Let Seabrook run the team, they’ll have a better chance. That’s not a bad option down the road, convert his cap hit into head coaching salary. He ll be paid $875k more than Q.

  28. If Crawford unable to go against Oilers, have to think a strong showing by one of the others would have a huge impact on Crawfords resigning. Likewise a poor showing by other goalies would really strengthen his position.

  29. There are very few truly difference making coaches – where a team achieves more success than it should because the coach is just that special. The old quote about he’ll beat you with his players and then take your players and beat you comes to mind. But even for those very few iconic coaches, the overwhelming main ingredient for success are the players. In other words, most coaches can’t take a bad team and make it good, or take a good team and make it great. On the flip side, coaches can have a deleterious effect on team success even when the roster is good enough to be successful.

    So the question is – have the Hawks had more or less success than the roster should yield, and can that legitimately be attributed to Colliton? If the team should have had more success than it did, then perhaps Colliton deserves some of the blame. If, on the other hand, the team isn’t good enough to do better than it has, then it seems unfair to blame Colliton. My opinion is the results accurately reflect the team and it would have taken one of those rare iconic coaches to lift the team above the results it got. That’s not to say I believe Colliton is a good coach or a bad coach – only that he didn’t have a playoff caliber team so judging him should take that into consideration more than some of his critics do.

  30. Sad state of affairs Stans not the man overpays always brings back ex hawks neither works doesn’t get it going to lose young guys to keep core players team is in free fall can’t improve until core contracts expire probably going with rookie goalie as there is no cap space

  31. MS/ER, yea thats what I was thinking. And some people do know Crows or other players people/family not distant cousins/brother from another mother. I know a woman very good that is good friends with Crows parents and does know the immediate family. Her boyfrind runs a rink in Chat, QB.

    If something is enough personal I wont be posting anywhere about Crow.

  32. Not sure. We finished the season 12th in conference it has to be set at 1st 2nd 3rd 9th or 10th pick. The fact that we could pick 16th-22nd is a disgrace.

    If Crow doesnt play and donot beat EDM due to that that could be the best thing for us. As we earned the 1st 2d 3rd 9th or 10th pick by the season standings.

    Anything else is unacceptable.

  33. Only 1st round losers end up seeded in the top 15 spots and get a shot at no. 1 pick. If both Habs and Blackhawks lose and Montreal gets 1st pick then Blackhawks move back to 9th from 10th. If they win 16th or 17th if Habs win too, would be where they sit if they lose in round 2.

    Not sure how to take Collitons statement on goalie situation. He says Delia, Subban and Lankinen will be in competition in camp and a decision made. Either Crawford isn’t expected to play and they are competing for no.1 job or Crawford will be back and they are competing for the 2 other goalie spots on roster when they go down to 31 for play in round.

  34. What iff….the team can’t play because 7-8 players are out in Quarantine..
    Will they loose the série or play later in January or March 21..
    OMB …
    How to complicate the playoff …..

  35. As a 10 year old in 1967 I was crushed Glenn Hall was not coming back and would Join the upstart Blues. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Tony Esposito. Let’s Go Hawks.

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