The Chicago Blackhawks have been without their number one goalie for the entirety of training camp and now we know the reason why.
According to a breaking news report from Chicago Blackhawks insider Scott Powers, Corey Crawford informed members of the media on Saturday that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, forcing him to be sidelined for almost the entire duration of training camp. Of course we reported earlier this morning on the fact that Crawford was out on the ice with his teammates for the first time since the start of training camp and furthermore that he had been included on the list of 31 players that would be joining the Blackhawks in the playoff bubble.
Although no one would wish COVID-19 on Crawford this news has to come as a huge sigh of relief for fans of the Blackhawks. The organization was very cryptic regarding Crawford's status, and more specifically regarding his absence during training camp, which had led to rampant speculation regarding the reasons for Crawford's absence. As a player that had previously missed months of action due to post concussion related issues Crawford's absence caused fans to fear the worst, but thankfully this appears to indicate that his absence was merely a precaution to protect his teammates and not linked to Crawford's readiness or availability for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.