What Corey Crawford Has To Do To Get To The Level Of The Nhl’s Elite Goalkeepers | Bleacher Report

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Crawford, who had a 32-16-10 record along with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage, was a notch below that foursome. It seemed that Crawford’s consistency was the key issue that kept him from playing at his best. He regularly allowed goals that appeared to be stoppable. While he made many spectacular, eye-opening saves that left his teammates, coaches and fans with their mouths agape, he would also pull away from medium- and long-range shots or leave vulnerable rebounds that opponents cashed in with little trouble. The Blackhawks noticed Crawford’s issues, and they brought in a new goaltending coach. Stephane Waite had been Chicago’s goaltending coach through the 2013 campaign, but he left after the championship season to take a similar position with the Canadiens. The Blackhawks hired Steve Weeks as their goaltending coach last year, but head coach Joel Quenneville did not bring him back . Instead, the team hired former Hawks goaltender Jimmy Waite to serve as the goaltending coach and as Crawford’s new mentor. Waite hopes to have the same kind of rapport with Crawford that his brother enjoyed with the goaltender and that his performance improves enough to get the Blackhawks back to the Stanley Cup Final. Im very excited to come back to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted me in 1987, said Waite in a statement. I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Antti (Raanta), and to help contribute to the success of this organization. The Blackhawks can almost certainly live with a similar regular-season performance from Crawford this year. However, it’s vital that he show more consistency in the playoffs. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2210512-what-corey-crawford-has-to-do-to-get-to-the-level-of-the-nhls-elite-goalkeepers

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Three players were assigned to Rockford and Cam Barker was released after last night’s preseason loss to New York. The Chicago Blackhawks made a number of moves after last night’s loss to the New York Rangers , trimming their active roster to 36 players entering the weekend. Forwards Matt Carey and Phillip Danault and defenseman Stephen Johns were assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, while defenseman Cam Barker was released. The team’s active roster now includes 21 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders with just a couple weeks before the beginning of the regular season. Like the moves that the Blackhawks made earlier on Friday, none of these are particularly surprising. Carey, Danault and Johns are some of the better young players in the organization, but they were all considered long shots to actually make the team out of training camp. More likely, these guys will get early reps with Rockford this year and potentially lend a hand down the road. As for Barker, his brief return to the Blackhawks went about as well as the first go-around. A big blow to Teuvo Teravainen during camp knocked the top prospect out of the first three preseason contests, and for the most part, that’s all people will remember from the former No. 3 overall pick’s second stint in Chicago. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-cut-roster-36-players-170457720.html

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So many questions entering the season, but only one demands particular urgency. The Blackhawks, at the moment, sit roughly $2.2 million over the salary cap, according to CapGeek. That means, one way or another, GM Stan Bowman needs to free up salary and get the team below that threshold before the beginning of the season. At this point, pretty much everyone around the team agrees that trading a defenseman is the obvious solution. The harder part is determining just which guy will go, and how much the team can get in return. The big names and young guns aren’t going anywhere, but three pending free agents — Nick Leddy , Johnny Oduya and Michal Rozsival — stand out. Oduya makes the most of the trio, at $3.375 million, but also seems least likely to be dealt. He’s a Joel Quenneville favorite and feels destined to continue filling his role on the second line beside Niklas Hjalmarsson . Leddy makes $2.7 million, and would likely command the strongest return given his upside and youth. One rumor has the Hawks trying to package Leddy with Kris Versteeg , who’s trying to rebound from a miserable end to last season. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-season-preview-2014-15-130258780.html

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Email At 18, MacKinnon was able to dominate competition, and he put up 63 points. He continued to be impressive during the playoffs, and he showed signs of becoming a future franchise player. Duchene set a career high in points with 70 in 71 games, and better days are ahead for the spry 23-year-old pivot. Barrie finally emerged,and the 23-year-old rearguard tallied 38 points in only 64 contests. In short, what we learned is that the youth of the Avalanche have what it takes to be successful, but they could use some help in other areas. Colorado addressed these areas during the summer, and they should impact the team’s outlook for 2014-15. 2014-15 Outlook Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images Some of the moves made this summer by Colorado were questionable. Adding an aging Brad Stuart to the backend is a head scratcher, but the addition of Jarome Iginla and Daniel Briere adds some valuable playoff experience and intangibles. Some may not agree with the Briere move, considering his age and how he played with the Montreal Canadiens last season. Some may say that dealing P.A. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2196351-colorado-avalanche-complete-season-preview

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT from the UC. How to watch: The game is being broadcast on CSN Chicago, a welcomed return after last night’s game missed the airwaves. We missed out on (or at least didn’t read tweets about) many of the big names on Thursday as they sat out, and it’s unclear for now how the lineup will roll out tonight. It appears that Teuvo Teravainen , Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom will have to wait until Sunday in Saskatoon to make their respective preseason debuts, which wouldn’t be so disappointing if the game wasn’t a radio-only broadcast. It appears that several bigger names will be playing tonight, however. Here’s the initial game rosters for both teams: #blackhawks lineup tonight against the Rangers. More of the regulars will play, but no Teuvo. pic.twitter.com/tRjGFcEPQ5 Brian Sandalow (@BrianSandalow) September 26, 2014 As for the opponent, New York is expected to play a number of its top players Friday as well, including a top line of Rick Nash , Derick Brassard and rookie Anthony Duclair . The Rangers are still trying to figure things out after losing top center Derek Stepan to a leg injury, and we’ll get an early look at those efforts. One player who apparently won’t be suiting up for Alain Vigneault is forward Kevin Hayes , who’s competing for a roster spot this spring. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-vs-rangers-preview-preseason-180002751.html

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That’s not alarming, all things considered. What was worrisome there was the play of Jakub Kindl , who started off well enough, but looked more lost than Aaron Rome by the end of the game out there. That’s not a promising sign. Elsewhere on defense, DeKeyser got himself caught up ice a couple times, but only got burned for it the one time that Kane scored. Quincey was quietly solid except for a noticeable third period error. Brian Lashoff looked a bit nastier than usual, but was otherwise pretty quiet. Brendan Smith looked too fancy sometimes and too simple some other times, but he was also pretty consistently hounded by Hossa all night and that’s a tough assignment. In goal, both Gustavsson and Mrazek played well enough. Monster’s only mistake was not stopping Kane on a breakaway while Mrazek was screened on the game-winner. At forward, Teemu Pulkkinen stood out among the guys fighting for spots. The Mule-Hank-Goose line showed flashes of brilliance, but couldn’t put it all together. Justin Abdelkader does indeed look faster and a bit more-focused than last season, but he was on the perimeter far too often. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/detroit-red-wings-preseason-recap-033318986.html

 

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