Recent trade chatter indicated that the Chicago Blackhawks have become the most popular landing spot for goaltenders in the rumour mill seeing that starting netminder Corey Crawford remains sidelined with vertigo and post-concussion symptoms.
But not so fast... Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has revealed that he's "optimistic" Crawford will play again this season, which could take the Blackhawks out of the market for a goalie.
The recent speculation linked the Hawks to the Detroit Red Wings, who might be willing to part with either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek ahead of the trade deadline. But now, it seems the team has denied the speculation and are focusing on Crawford getting better.
“He’s around; you see him,” Quenneville said to the Chicago Sun Times. “You think he’s close to getting on the ice, so he’s showing all the signs that he’ll be helping us at some point.
“I think as players, though, you still have control in front of you in your own games, and we have a couple of goalies [Anton Forsberg, Jeff Glass] who are giving us a chance game in, game out. We lost some key points at home [last week]. But the last three games, we’re playing the right way and at least giving ourselves a chance.”
Let's hope fans see Crawford back in action before the deadline, or else they might think Chicago is taking quite a huge risk...