Whether or not he plays right away is another story, but the Chicago Blackhawks got good news on Saturday as goaltender Corey Crawford joined the team on the ice and took part in Saturday’s practice.
This is the first time Crawford has seen time with his team post the NHL resuming its season and while he looked a little rusty, that should be expected. Having him back after he was deemed “unfit to play” is a plus.
Crawford spoke to media after practice and said:
“I tested positive for COVID. I’ve had to quarantine in my place here for the last few weeks… I’m excited to be back. I’m going to try to get into it as quick as possible.”
Reports surfaced late Friday that Crawford had been included on the team’s list of players who would be in their bubble. That meant he would be joining the team and that whatever had been ailing him wasn’t long-term. Head coach Jeremy Colliton said in regards to when he’ll play: “We’ll get him ready as soon as we can.”
Calvin de Haan, Connor Murphy, and Crawford were all full participants today. This is the first day of training camp where it’s a fully healthy group. This is perfect timing as the team goes into the play-ins trying to upset a much-higher seeded Edmonton Oilers team; one that includes a motivated Connor McDavid and Art Ross Winner Leon Draisaitl.
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