Corey Crawford Taking An Indefinite Leave

Man, this really sucks.

On Friday the New Jersey Devils announced veteran goaltender Corey Crawford is stepping away from the game to deal with personal issues.

Crawford signed a two-year deal with the Devils this offseason. He had been absent from the first four days of the Devils’ camp.

He was a special player on some of the best teams in Blackhawks history and played a huge part in two championships in Chicago.

We sincerely wish Crow the best and hope he’s able to get himself into a better place.

70 thoughts on “Corey Crawford Taking An Indefinite Leave

  • January 8, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Terrible news to hear, nothing but best wishes for him.

  • January 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Would never have the ’13 & ’15 Cups without him; still think he should’ve won the ConnSmythe instead of Kaner.
    A shutout to clinch the Cup on home ice.
    Eternally grateful Crow.
    There is no shame in hanging them up and going home to Montreal.
    Be well for your little boys. They need their Dad.

  • January 8, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Health is the most important thing. Thanks for the years in Chicago, Crow…and get well soon.

  • January 8, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    I should clarify my last statement. I don’t know that it is a health issue. I assumed, and one should not assume. Whatever the situation I hope it works out for the best.

  • January 8, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Agree with Stephanie Crow had my vote for 2013 Conn – he was a clutch goalie in the playoffs

    Hope it’s not too serious whatever it is and he’s able to pick up his career – loved him in Chi but thought the Hawks did the right thing by not offering him more than 1 year

  • January 8, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    This is sad news. I hope he’s OK now and for the long term. Good luck Crow. Forever a fan.

  • January 8, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    So sad to see Crow having complications …hope he will return soon …love this guy.
    .shame on team United state on what they did the photo after winning their tournament against team Canada . Why did the coaches and team let that hapend ?
    Big lack of respect to The Canadian team and to the Country who receive them in British Colombia for the tournament.
    You can’t do that …and the team front office didn’t apologize for that
    I lost respect for that team …
    You don’t put a garbage bin with team Canada logo on it to take a photo with the gold medal …who’s idea was that ..
    Crow a great Canadian goalie will be upset and all Canadian hockey fans also ..
    Come back strong Crow

  • January 8, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Maybe his wife doesn’t like the area, it is Jersey.

  • January 8, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Stefanie…the Canadian coach and the media saw that barrel with the Canadian emblem on it …it’s in the newspaper and I saw the photo …go see journal de Montreal’s …not a thing to do and sport commentators didn’t like what they saw .
    Anyway everybody see it differently I guess…
    The Canadian organization and the coaches didn’t like it at all.

  • January 8, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I’m not gonna get in an argument about optics. Was it in good taste? Nah, but there’s a LOT bigger things to get really pissed about right now.

    All the love for Corey.

  • January 9, 2021 at 5:49 am

    Thank you Corey Crawford I was actually looking forward to watching you this year since not knowing who was going to still be on the blackhawks because of you getting let go by the blackhawks the devils was going to be my second team to watch since EDDIE BELFOUR YOU Were the best goaltender the blackhawks have ever had thank you for the two stanley cups and all the spectacular saves weather it was the media bashing you for your play you always showed them different every goaltender isn’t 100% at there job but you have shined enough n now whatever is going on in your personal life it’s your time to shine for your family you’ve given this game enough it be nice to see you back in net one day but if not thank you for all the Chicago Blackhawks memories me personally instead of niami if the blackhawks didn’t send you back down to Rockford I think you would have brought us the 2010 Stanley cup as well. God bless you CROW best wishes and prayers go out for you and your family Take care GOOD LUCK in whatever life brings you

  • January 9, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for info about Hagel
    Do you know who really has the lead in Goal ?
    Hopefully they will all have their chance in Goal but Suban I think will have a really good look .he seams to be a good guy also in the dressing room .

  • January 9, 2021 at 7:59 am

    I am clearly a moron.

  • January 9, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Ahh here is a man who needs to take my name to recognize himself and to coward to take is own name …how can this hapend Tab …

  • January 9, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Only thing i heard on goalies was the competition would carry over into regular season between the 3. Training camp wouldn’t be long enough to make the final decisions.

  • January 9, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Whatever is up with Crow, I hope he gets it worked out.

  • January 9, 2021 at 10:02 am

    This is really disappointing. It was going to be very interesting to follow Crow in New Jersey. The fact that he has this degree of complication in his life makes you feel very bad for him. Most of us don’t know much about Crow other than the rumors that have never been proven, although his behavior at one of the Cup celebrations did open him to speculation. Most of us chalked that up to a 26 year old celebrating too hard. Hopefully, this is not a self-inflicted situation and is one that is quickly resolvable.

    We see this over and over in life. People that appear to “have it all” struggle like everybody else.

    We are all pulling for Crow and will never forget the Cups.

  • January 9, 2021 at 11:00 am

    3 year bridge deal for Barzal with the Islanders.Averages 7 Million per year.

  • January 9, 2021 at 11:33 am

    So Tazer and Crow. Seems like the virus/and maybe other is going on here. We wouldnt have multiple players/from our team all at once have things.

    In terms of longterm health I cant but think/nit saying this is any part of it that the woman friend I know told me Coreys dad said the Blackhawks wanted him to come back before he was ready a couple yrs ago. He didnt at first then did when he did and was fantastic. So who knows this could just be a virus thing like Tazer.

    Just glad that these guys 19/50/whos next fully heal and take the yr off. This yr and last basically donot count anyways because of virus differences in the sports.

    Until we get back to a full normal season for every sport its just not the same and you cant really go by stats for all sports because #s are squied v=because virus has some players off and some players are fine. Its just all messed up. Not normal.

    Heres to Tazer and Crow and by next OCT things are back to full normal for all sports.

  • January 9, 2021 at 11:37 am

    I ll ask the woman I know about Crow and if his dad says hes going to be ok and if NJ is garbage can/except for ocean houses in southern coast.

    January 8, 2021 at 8:29 pm
    Maybe his wife doesn’t like the area, it is Jersey.

  • January 9, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Crawford just retired.

  • January 9, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Well can he as a Blackhawk. He didnt even play one game for NJ so he has no record for them right?

  • January 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    If my woman friends says Coreys dad doesnt want people to know certain thinkgs then I wont say specifics for what she tells me other then the basic saying on what with no details.

    Good for Crow. No need for him to play after dynasty if hes not 100% health wise.

  • January 9, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Best wishes for Crawford.

    First group in camp today may be basically apoening night roster. Final 3 forwards with lines previously mentioned, Pirri, Kurashev and Reese Johnson who cap friendly had projected as taxi squad since awhile. Sodeberg be in lineup when available. Beaudin, Carlsson and Lindholm included but when healthy Seabrook and Zadorov Boqvist Dehaan Mitchell Keith Murphy likely the 7 D. Lankinen along with Smith, plus Lankinen and couple of D, see how injuries play in, on who.

    Entwistle, Hagel, Morrison, Teply, Soderlund, Alty and Quenneville who I thought maybe Colliton liked enough him would be on opening roster, looking likely to start in Rfd., with Dmen Kalynuk, Seeler( taxi squad?), Regula, Krys. If Lankinen stays as no. 2 or 3 guy wouldn’t be a surprise when Ahl starts he goes there for playing time and Tomkins sits on taxi squad.

    TimW that Barzal deal gives him a 10m qo required to retain his rfa rights in 3 years.

  • January 9, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Should have said plus Johnson not Lankinen twice for taxi squad.

  • January 9, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Crawford retired today

    CoVid protocols and new team probably not worth it for him at his age.

    He woulda played this year if still in Chicago.

    You know his precense would have helped and mentored the young goalies on team now.

    Bowman not smart enough to realize that.
    Retire this man’s number this year.

  • January 9, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Eddie “the Eagle” was my favorite goaltender from the Hawks….then Corey came and that changed. Good luck to him and wish him well. Yes, 2013 Conn Smythe should have been his and Kaner even admitted it.

  • January 9, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Hopefully Crawford can come back to work for the Hawks organisation and help in another way .
    He was a great goalie and glad that he had just one team in is life … HAWKS
    How lucky we where to have Him .

  • January 9, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Love tos ee the old geezers Soupy Hoss Sharpy Burr Crow others be in scouting/coaching in yrs to come.

    Remember these guys are only dynasty since 80s when not counting a bought/buy 95m payroll in mid90s when other teams were all around 25?

    Since 80s. And prob only one or one of few in salary cap era.

    These guys are Legends and you cant say that about many people.

  • January 9, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    he’s going to retire

  • January 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Was just announced he’s retiring. Wish he and his family nothing but good health and happiness.

  • January 9, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Corey was the most successful Hawks goalie of all time and will be remembered as a clutch performer and great teammate.

    Blaming SB for this is priceless. The Hawks were clear they wanted CC for another year. Blame his agent if his bluff didn’t work.

  • January 9, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    He spent his whole career being underappreciated by the fans around the league
    and the league itself…But faithful Hawk fans knew they were witnessing a terrific goalie that will go down as one
    of the organizations best…Good luck Crow.

  • January 9, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    No bashing blowman on not signing crow now?

  • January 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Crawford would have been a great influence on young Hawks goalies.

    Crawford wanted to stay in Chicago.

    That idiot Bowman made an offer.
    Crawford’s agent countered ……..then nothing ……………crickets from Bowman…………until he told us all ‘We are moving on from Corey Crawford’,

    Remember that?

    Crawford said as much on his way out.

    So now Crawford is done and the Hawks have 3 peach fuzz goalies with no veteran leadership to guide them.

    Yeah, blaming Bowman for not having any foresight between the pipes, the most important position on the ice, is priceless.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    PP – I seem to recall your New Year resolution was to move on from your daily SB bashing. That seemed to last about 24 hours. Hope your other resolutions are doing better. SB has issues but making clear he was only interested in a one year deal for CC is not one of them. Agents play their own games every day. You seem to know exactly how the communication occurred – please let us know what other great inside info you have.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Hawks in on Pierre Luc-Dubois??Dach or Toews in deal.7 teams rumored in a trade for him.He must really want out after signing his bridge deal.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    That Jordan picture of Crow is a funny one. True but funny.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    I’m both saddened and relieved to hear Crow retired and to read the statement he put out. I’m saddened that if the reason he retired is he lost his zest for the game, which is how I read his statement, then I’m sad he didn’t retire as a Hawk. But, I’m relieved because it seems to be a voluntary decision unrelated to any health issue.

    IMO – Stan made the right decision given the new direction the Hawks are going. He could have been nostalgic and loyal to a guy who played a key role in 2 Cup championships – OR – he could look to the future and realized Crawford wasn’t the goalie of the future and the right move was to move on. I think Stan did Crow a solid by offering a 1-year deal. Crow wanted more so Stan held his ground which was the right thing to do.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Imagine he is looking forward to enjoying the next chapters in his life, and i look to forward to seeing. his hof induction and having his #50 retired by the Blackhawks.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Dubois sucks at faceoffs.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Maybe he takes a position wirh organization where he can help Waite with young goaltenders in some form.

  • January 9, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    EB agree as tough as it was, Crawford on a 1 year was likely right call. This way see what is in house while developing some depth this season and next summer make an acquisition if needed to solidify position going forward. If Crawford was on a 2 year deal, then the question of where their going with position next few seasons would be unclear that much longer. As it turns out his decision could be the same one either way, never know that for sure.

  • January 9, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Florida claim Forsling ….hummm …really…Quenville wants him on is Team .

  • January 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Not making excuses if Crow was going to retire anyways then we didnt lose him for nothing/per say. I didnt understand why we didnt do just .400 more for what he signed for I guess the two yr thing was a thing ok.

    Overall besides Crow himself for the team longterm wise its better to have three greyshirt longhorns and get that top 5 skill draft player again another gem like 77.

  • January 10, 2021 at 8:25 am

    All the best to one of the best-
    I would be surprised if he takes a hockey position (at least now) anywhere. Sounds like he needs to get away from the grind.

  • January 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Of the many favorite moments was when Crow grabbed Clifford in the head lock and said donot touch the captain. Thinks about the cheaphots intent to injure a core player and missed on Dunks. When glove was off/thats like trying to scalp someones neck when bare skin is exposed helmet off. We know what happens if you try to touch Dunks. He goes Scottish on you.

  • January 10, 2021 at 10:19 am

    It doenst pay to be chepshot/dirty if that little sister didnt try to hit Dunck in the head he wouldnot have been got your own medicine and VAN was the top team that yr and played? without him and prob would have won but he wanted to cheapshot Dunks and that what you get/deserve when you play like that/2011.

    Same for the Flatlander who shoot the puck up into the stands after game 7 win at Beeber kid and girlfriend on BOS. You donot do nonclass things. Thats cost them the Cup that yr /Karma.

    Crow and our core players always played the right way with class. The dynasty we had was won with success with honor. We won with classfull style. Kind of like Crows attitude.

  • January 10, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Can’t imagine the Hawks have what it takes to get DuBois

    Maybe a first and DCat (or Strome) and Carlsson would get it done but no way IMO they trade Dach

  • January 10, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    So sorry you are offended MS.

    I just state what I read from Crawford as he left.

    How is that for insight?

    My Bowman bash resolution had not gone South.

    I was to stay silent til he screws up.
    That was the resolution.

    He did not make a counter offer to Crow.
    Did not even try.

    That is a screw up that will hurt the Hawks.

    Cuz if Crow called it quits in a Hawk jersey the other day, the team still has the same 3 peach fuzz goalies they do now……AND a veteran goalie who might have just stuck around to mentor them … nowhere near what that idiot Bowman would have to pay him for a one-two year contract.

    Major Bowman screw up…….. again.

    Resolution intact.

  • January 10, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Wrap, yea no way trade Dach unless your talking Mcdavid kind of players/thing and he is already a few? yrs used.

    Much much much rather have the full 20 yrs of 77 and another two gems like Dach that have the full 19/20 yrs left to 40 yrs old.

    Plus who has Mc Jesus david ben around in EDM not ant winners. Dach and other gems to come here are around Champions and not just once/one hit wonder Champions dynasty Champions.

  • January 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Not that it was planned or I dodnt want Crow here for just .400 more caphit. Those three greyshirt greenhorns might be the reason we get another to gems like 77. Having three gems of that kind of quality can hook us up for another decade of Cups. Otherwise its just hope you can win one time like most teams.

  • January 10, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Question – if you make a 1-year offer to a player you know will not be part of the future but the player wants more than what you offered – are you under any obligation to make a counter offer? The answer is “NO”.

    I can make a case that Stan shouldn’t have made any offer to Crawford for the reason that the decision to move forward with a youth movement was made and Crawford clearly didn’t fit into that plan. I suspect the 1-year offer was made to be respectful for the years of service Crawford has given the Hawks but when it was turned down by Crawford Stan had to do what was right for the organization and move on – that was the right decision.

    Crawford rejected the offer – it’s a two-way street and to blame Stan for not getting a deal done or not being respectful enough to Crawford to meet his demands is nothing more than the hatred for Stan clouding logical and practical thinking.

  • January 10, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    SB and his organization were right about Crow and Forsling. THX for everything you did, Crow. Hope you come back in the Blackhawks org , and number 50 in the rafters. Go Hawks go.

  • January 10, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Are people still saying Crawford should have been signed by the Blackhawks? No one knows the details for sure. What is for sure is Crawford #1 had retired and isnt playing…even though he was on a team that at least traditionally has been defense first, has a goalie that some people think may be one of the up and coming stars if the league so in general crawford would have made a lot of money to maybe just be a backup and stop pucks in practice, not a bad gig for eight million dollars. Just phoning it in for a few more weeks would have bought at least a house. Seems I’m well past #1 at this point.
    #2 of course we all thank Crawford for his contributions while here, one would think such goes without saying.
    #3 let’s get to the fact Crawford wanted two years. Well the Seattle draft sure does complicate that if, and I mean IF a no trade clause was a sticking point for Crawford. It’s more about protecting Lankinen and not so much losing Crawford who likely wouldn’t have been taken by Seattle anyway.
    #4 more rumors, Corey’s reluctance to share the net, great attitude, definitely what you want from a goalie for sure, not what this team and roster currently needs which is other goalies, three of them it seems, getting an opportunity.

    #5 the signing of Crawford sure would have complicated things especially with the hindsight of three “regular ” players going down to Injury.
    I could go on.

  • January 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Crawford counter offered,
    not rejected Bowman’s initial offer.

    Cmon man. You are familiar with negotiating, yes?

    If they go back and forth a couple rounds and impasse is reached, then you and all the other GMs on this site can hold water regarding Crawford.

    But that did not happen. And a guy like Crawford deserves at least that much.

    Not take it or leave it.

    Not from a GM who has been wrong more often than right, lately.

    Everybody lost. The Hawks. The Devils. And Crawford.

    Blunder by Bowman. Failure to communicate.

  • January 10, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    PP, Stan offered Crow a non-negotiable take it or leave it offer. Crawford countered which was in essence a rejection of the take it or leave it offer. If Crawford didn’t think Stan was serious before he gave Stan his counter offer – he certainly understood it when Stan wouldn’t budge. At that point Crawford had a decision whether to take the 1-year offer or to reject that offer and move on. He rejected the 1-year offer. Please explain the reason signing Crawford for more than 1 year would have been the right move.

    I applaud Stan for holding his ground. It would have been counterproductive to sign a goalie for 2 years that you knew he wasn’t going to be part of the rebuild. But, I realize it’s fashionable to blame Stan for pretty much everything so I’m not surprised he’s being blamed for making a good organizational decision for not other reason than it was Stan that did it.

  • January 10, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    The scrimmage started out slowly but picked up as the game went along. I hate to say it but the best line in the scrimmage was the 4th line – Carpenter-Kampf-Highmore, and by a wide margin.

    Of the new guys – I was happy with what I saw from Mitchell and Suter.

    Kurashev was good too but is probably not ready for the NHL yet. I hope he gets a few games somewhere in the season to assess his ability to play against the big boys.

    The only thing on the goaltending I came away with is: Tompkins – YEESH!

  • January 10, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Anybody think Ho-Sang worth a waiver claim, a year to look at what could be steal there.

    EB liked how Suter went to front of net, mostly a glorified gentlemans league game, save for the Seeler Johnson little tiff. Give Johnson credit for trying to send a message for role he’s willing to play, taking on Seeler after he gave somebody a little extra hit. Hard to judge anybody much from that. With Soderberg likely a couple of weeks away, Kurashev will probably get some game time in his spot until he is ready. Would think Pirri’s spot with Janmark and Suter would be where they would slot in if Kubalik Wallmark and Shaw stay together.

  • January 10, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Honest makes a good point it should/needs to be all about the young wave and that starts with the expansion. We have to come away with a gain from that/from all total moves at expansion. Its our turn to add a Teravainen from a team thats loaded too much.

    So if Crow being here two yrs didnt let that work for longterm then.

  • January 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Kurashev did look good from what I saw of the scrimmage and will see some games this year but also agree with Ian that once Soderberg is here and the AHL starts up that’s likely where he’ll be although he’s close to NHL ready and should be first call up amongst forwards

    Liked what Suter did on Pirri’s goal tying up the D man in front

    Unfortunately 12 – 17 – 88 looked like what I expect them look like in NHL games – unable to get inside and this was mostly vs prospects – that’s our #1 line and that’s concerning

    So yeah the wins are going to be hard to come by – good thing we seem to have pretty good blueline prospects – we may need a lot of D men this year

    Lankinen didn’t get a lot of work but I liked what I saw

  • January 10, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Wonder if Zadorov and Seabrook will be ready for Wednesday or not. If not should be 1 or 2 of Carlsson, Beaudin or Kalynuk if either or both still out. Lankinen be on taxi squad to start with Subban and Delia probably split the 4 Florida games, maybe Lankinen plays one. Pirri pikely makes roster but get the feeling that all 3 of Seeler, Lindholm and Quenneville could be put through waivers. Maybe not Seeler if Seabrook going to be a little while, could use taxi squad for waiver exempt guys when opportunity arises.

  • January 10, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Like what I saw from Mitchell, Beaudin and Carlsson.
    Kurashev has tons of talant. I think he makes the team.
    I was also impressed with Cam Morrison.
    It’s also very encouraging that Matthew Highmore is getting better and better. He will eventually be a top 9 forward.

    I think Zadorov will play Wednesday. He is an NHL player and does not really need to scrimmage to bring his physical element to the table.
    So the fun begins. I’m eager to see the development of your players. When the seasons over, a chance to pick a Franchise defenseman at the draft. Lot to look forward to.

  • January 10, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I agree on Cam Morrison. Was better than I expected. Noticeable. Kurahsev looked good to me as well.

  • January 11, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Gotta remember when looking at these young defensemen, Kalynuk and Carlsson are well over 3 years older than Boqvist and Regula, 2 and half older then Beaudin, even Mitchell is about a year and half younger. Tbeir window of development is alot smaller and they are alot closer to their ceiling. While these others still have long ways to go to reach their ceilings and development windows are just beginning. It’s what a player can become at the end of their development that is important this season, not if they might look better next game or not.

  • January 11, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Kurashev reminds me of Tarasenko. Solid on his skates, good release, and natural scorer. That is a unique skill set that is very hard to find. Org needs to have the patience and give him time to develop.

  • January 11, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Teply, Carlsson, Beaudin and Lankinen practicing with Nhl roster today and rest of prospects in other group, interesting. Lindholm, Seeler, Quenneville and Tomkins on waivers likely taxi squad for one or two eventually at least.

  • January 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Crow gave us greatness in his tenure as a Blackhawk. Bowshit didn’t want him anymore and given the concussions he suffered in recent seasons. I believe that the decision to retire is best .He can now enjoy his family . Thank You Crow. I hope the Blackhawks although this is Bowshit were dealing with here, gives you a one day contract to retire as a Chicago Blackhawk and #50 will be right up there in the rafters beside #1 and #35 for all time great Blackhawk Goalies.

  • January 11, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Yea I like Kurachev a lot reminds me of that rare skill like Teravainen has and what your saying about Terasank. Hidden gems.

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