Tag: Corey Crawford

Are there some parallels between Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock?

There’s nothing that makes a coach look worse faster than bad goaltending. Let’s take Ken Hitchcock as an example. Since taking over the St. Louis Blues early in the season, Hitchcock has piloted the team to a 21-5-6 record and a spot near the top of the Western Conference. Hitchcock led the Dallas Stars to... Read more »

Blackhawks' issues a factor of puck possession

Are the Blackhawks weaker defensively or do they simply have the puck less? “One of our big strengths is puck-possession.  You look at some of the forwards that can hang onto the puck, even the D that can move the puck up, it should be better.  Why it’s not?  There’s really no answer for it,”... Read more »

Blackhawks skid goes beyond goaltending

When I talked with Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman on Sunday (I’ll run the interview Tuesday night before and after the game), he made the point that the recent bulge in goals-against is a team issue. Corey Crawford gets the bulk of the criticism, which is understandable because he’s the last line of defense. The... Read more »

Bowman may not be done signing players this season

After inking Brent Seabrook for the next five seasons, Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman will focus on his six restricted free agents.   The six RFAs include: Corey Crawford; Troy Brouwer; Michael Frolik; Chris Campoli; Viktor Stalberg; and Jake Dowell.  There’s a chance Bowman may try to get some of the RFAs signed before the... Read more »

Goaltending speculation begins as Blackhawks hit the road

Marty Turco gets the start against the Blue Jackets tonight, when the Blackhawks kick-off a crucial six-game road trip. I can hear the speculation now: “Quenneville is trying to motivate Corey Crawford.” “The Blackhawks are shaking things up.” “Has the coach has lost his mind?” Whatever you may think about Marty Turco, the Blackhawks need... Read more »