It’s time to think about the future. 51 weeks after suffering a season ending concussion, Chicago Blackhawks Corey Crawford has suffered yet another concussion. And I hate to say it, but that could very well put the dagger in his career.
With a new baby, and 2 Stanley Cup rings (2013,2015), what more does the guy have to prove? As for the injury, It occurred in first period against the San Jose Sharks, when Evander Kane pushed Dylan Strome into Crawford who then hit his head on the goal post.
Now going forward, Where does the team go from here? Please note I am not here to speculate on a timetable for Crawford’s return. However, in my honest opinion, with his history of concussions he might be better off missing the rest of the season. Lets not kid ourselves here, Crawford missed 10 months with his last concussion. Back to the main point here though, What are the options?
1) Call up a goalie, ride Cam Ward into the ground
It seems like the dumbest idea someone has ever had, right? Hear me out…. Cam Ward is the only option with a lot of NHL experience. With the Chicago Blackhawks well out of a playoff spot, he can carry a large work load. His numbers this year are not pretty, but he has kept the team in a a lot of games
2)Call up Anton Forsberg
Okay its no secret, the guy really doesn’t have NHL caliber numbers. If you remember, Anton Forsberg was up with the team to start the season, but did not get any playing time. Now, down in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs his numbers look somewhat better. He is 5-3-1 with a 2.62 Goals Against Average and a .917 save percentage
3) Call up Colin Delia
Forgive me if I seem like I am not a fan of this option. The reason behind it? I think he’s doing fantastic in Rockford. Colin is 24 and has the opportunity to really help that team go far. This season, his numbers look pretty good. At 7-5-4 and a GAA of 2.34 plus a Save Percentage of .933, I feel like he can develop a little longer being he has been injured a couple times already this season. Last season he came up for a couple of games. He started against the Winnipeg Jets (Scott Foster) game in which he was injured in the 3rd period.
4) Sign a Free Agent Goalie
This one could prove to be tricky. Who is really out there on the list of players you could take a chance on? Personally, I would have Ilya Bryzgalov on the next flight to Chicago. All jokes aside who would you take? Kari Lehtonen? Jeff Glass? Steve Mason? This is why this would be my last foreseeable option
I think we all know how devastating an injury like this can be for a guy like Corey Crawford. So with that, I say God Speed Corey Crawford and get well soon!
stats from NHL.com and hockey-reference.com
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals