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Sport'I feel ready': Corey Crawford's return to practice could force Blackhawks into difficult decision

05:10  12 february  2019
05:10  12 february  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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With Corey Crawford returning to Blackhawks practice for the second straight day, the question now becomes when could the former All-Star netminder The Blackhawks want to remain cautious with his progression, but if he continues on this current path there may be a potential target date in mind.

Crawford ' s time on the ice wasn't anything extensive. He practiced for roughly 20 minutes before exiting as the rest of the session continued. CHICAGO - After suffering a concussion in mid-December, Corey Crawford returned to Blackhawks practice with at MB Ice Arena Saturday.

'I feel ready': Corey Crawford's return to practice could force Blackhawks into difficult decision© AP Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (50) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks Sunday Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. Crawford left the game with 1:30 left in the first period after the back of his head struck the right post during a goalmouth pile-up. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) The chatter began almost immediately after Corey Crawford lay on the United Center ice and it was evident the Blackhawks goalie had suffered another concussion.

With millions in the bank, two Stanley Cup rings on his fingers and a family to enjoy, the 34-year-old Crawford heard calls to wrap up his career rather than put his health at risk.

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Corey Crawford (born December 31, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Corey Crawford joined his teammates for practice Monday at MB Ice Arena -- the first time the Blackhawks goaltender has done so since participating in a morning skate in February.

Only one problem: The idea of retiring never crossed Crawford's mind.

"No, not at all," Crawford said. "I was going to come back as soon as I felt 100 percent. I'm not worried about that. Some guys have to deal with other injuries; it's just what I had to deal with. I feel good, I feel ready. Just going to work our way back into the lineup."

When that will be remains unknown after Crawford participated in a full practice Monday for the first time since suffering his second major concussion in less than a year Dec. 16 against the Sharks.

Crawford went nearly 10 months between games after last season's concussion. But speaking to reporters Monday, he left no doubt he expects to play again this season. He said he has been working out hard for the last week and is "in good shape right now."

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“ Feeling good, feeling clear.” This completes a slow road to a return to the ice for Crawford , who Earlier in October, Crawford was medically cleared to return to practice with the middle of the Barring a chance on Thursday morning, that timeline will play out, and Crawford feels ready as

16, 2018, Corey Crawford practiced on Saturday at MB Ice Arena. But the Blackhawks aren't putting a For the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 16, 2018, Corey Crawford practiced with the He' s not going to get too high or too low, and neither are we. But I 'm happy for him that he felt

The biggest obstacle isn't his health but the play of Cam Ward and Collin Delia, who have performed exceptionally in Crawford's absence. Ward is 7-3 with a .912 save percentage in 10 starts since Crawford's injury, while Delia is 6-2-3 with a .923 save percentage in 12 games, including 11 starts.

Crawford and Ward have no-movement clauses that prohibit the Hawks from trading them or sending them to the minors without their permission. Delia can be sent to the minors without having to clear waivers. It's unlikely the Hawks would carry three goalies when Crawford is activated.

Crawford was quick to acknowledge it would seem odd to supplant Ward and Delia during the seven-game winning streak that has put the Hawks back in the playoff picture.

"It's pretty tough to jump in right now," Crawford said. "Deals and Ward have been playing so well, (and) we're on a pretty good streak right now. I would jump in the net right away, but honestly we haven't really discussed that at this point.

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Goaltender Corey Crawford joined the Blackhawks for practice , a first since being medically “It felt pretty good for the first time,” said Crawford to Blackhawks ’ TV. “We’ll just go from there, but it was Naturally, the biggest question for Blackhawks fans is when the goalie might return to the crease for

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford could be back in the net Thursday when Phoenix visits the United After 9½ long months, it' s looking more and more like Corey Crawford will make his return to the "And to see him practice well and just compete and have the chance to get back in there, that' s

"We're just trying to figure out days when I could practice with the team and kind of get timing back. That'll come hopefully sooner than later. Right now, it's just practicing."

When Crawford suffered his first concussion in December 2017, he made an ill-advised attempt to return to practice a couple of months later. He wasn't able to skate with the Hawks again until September and missed the first five games of this season.

Crawford was relieved this experience has been far different from his last one.

"I had a few similar symptoms, but it was obviously a little bit quicker," Crawford said. "It was nice to not wait that long. It's just try to stay patient, try and be confident that it won't last long. It's nice that it's back to normal."

Coach Jeremy Colliton has remained tight-lipped about Crawford's condition since the beginning of this latest ordeal, and that didn't change with Crawford's return to practice.

"It's a positive," Colliton said. "He hadn't done that yet, so it's good."

Were there any restrictions on how players should treat Crawford during practice?

"Nope," Colliton said. Then he added: "Don't run him over."

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