The Blackhawks were back on the ice Monday morning at Fifth Third Arena, as their summer training camp began. Rosters were announced and the team began their process back to NHL hockey.
Five goaltenders were listed for the camp. Corey Crawford and newly acquired Malcolm Subban highlighted the list. They were joined by Collin Delia and prospects Kevin Lankinen and Matt Tomkins.
However, Corey Crawford was not on the ice as day one transpired. There is no official word on why Crawford was not on the ice. The Blackhawks have not reported any positive COVID-19 tests. No injuries have been reported for Crawford either.
One thing to keep in mind is that Crawford and his wife welcomed their second child to the world less than three months ago. This could surely be something holding the Chicago netminder back. However, at this point that is purely speculation. For a guy with an extensive injury history, the team may very well be easing one of their most important players back into the fold of things.
The Blackhawks will all but surely address the matter in the coming hours. If the team is going to win a five-game series against the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL’s play-in round to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Corey Crawford will need to play a large role in doing so.