Why Crawford wanted more playing time with the Blackhawks
Corey Crawford did not hold back on his claim to say that he wanted to stay with the Chicago Blackhawks. He claimed that he wanted more playing time, but the team could not just give it to him. Now he landed a deal with the New Jersey Devils, and he believes that he deserved better.
Perhaps no one can judge the level of dedication that he gave to the team. He won the Stanley Cup with the team in their runs back in 2013 and 2015, so it seems a little bit absurd to let go of a player who had a 260-162-53 record in the league. He has a 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage.
He did miss 80 games in the last two seasons thanks to concussions and went 16-20-3 since. He had to spend split time with goalie Robin Lehner, who was added by the team to support his absence at crucial games. The team later traded Lehner to the Vegas Golden Knights.
‘I think we still have a lot of great pieces on this team and to win another Stanley Cup in Chicago would be unbelievable’, said Crawford. ‘Going into the meeting, that's the main thing is to win a championship, to play, to be the main guy and play a lot’.
Crawford did claim that he wanted more playing time than money, and that just shows how loyal he is as a player. The Blackhawks should not have let him go as they saw his big game in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, where he held his ground against the Edmonton Oilers in just four games.
They did come up with an early exit in the playoffs after being beaten by the Golden Knights in five games. Beating the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and preventing them from scoring shows his talent on defending the goal cage against the best scorers in the league.
One thing that can be considered why he deserves more minutes is the fact that he is a part of the winning squad that brought home two titles for the franchise. Just like how other key players remain long in their respective teams, Crawford tried showing his loyalty as a player past his prime.
There is no telling what the future may hold for the Blackhawks after being eliminated in the playoffs, but they are still one of the contenders in the league. Having Crawford could have added a little experience on the roster, someone who could guide the young players in the game.
However, things took a different turn when Crawford eventually went on to sign a two-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. He is now set to take on a veteran role for the team that needs a guiding player for the younger stars.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores