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After placing Jeff Glass on waivers, what's next move for Blackhawks in goal?

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After placing Jeff Glass on waivers, what's next move for Blackhawks in goal?

The Blackhawks placed goaltender Jeff Glass on waivers Wednesday, and are expected to make a corresponding move Thursday morning. But what could that be?

There are really only two options.

The first is that Corey Crawford has been cleared to play and will return against the Anaheim Ducks. Joel Quenneville told reporters in Vegas that Crawford responded "OK" to Monday's practice with the team and that he was on the ice again Tuesday, but his timetable hadn't changed.

The second, and perhaps more likely, is that the Blackhawks will be calling up Jean-Francois Berube from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. He had missed two months with an injury, and has been great in his two starts since returning between the pipes for Rockford, stopping 54 of 58 shots for a .931 save percentage.

The 26-year-old netminder also has appeared in one game for the Blackhawks earlier this season, turning aside 12 of 14 shots (.857 save percentage) in a relief apperance on Dec. 6 against the Washington Capitals.

As for Glass, other teams will have 24 hours to submit a claim for him and if nobody does, he will be reassigned to the IceHogs.

Glass has been one of the feel-good stories in the NHL this season as a 32-year-old rookie, and played well enough to split time with Anton Forsberg in Crawford's absence. But things went sideways in February, where he allowed 16 goals on 125 shots for an .872 save percentage.

Glass will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal with the Blackhawks last February. It's unclear whether or not the Blackhawks have any intentions to re-sign him to ensure goaltending depth, but you hope his play this season has, at the very least, allowed him the opportunity to latch on with an NHL team next year and compete for a backup spot.

Two crucial challenges go against Blackhawks in loss to Flames

Two crucial challenges go against Blackhawks in loss to Flames

The NHL replay system didn’t do the Blackhawks – who need every point they can get – any favors on Tuesday night.

Two crucial, potential game-changing challenges went against the home team in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the United Center.

Let’s break it down.

Challenge No. 1: Early in the second period, Ryan Hartman scored a wacky goal to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. After a lengthy review to determine if Hartman kicked the puck in the net – which was confirmed he did not – the Flames challenged for goaltender interference. After another lengthy review, the call was reversed, with refs saying Hartman indeed interfered with Mike Smith.

According to the NHL, "The Referee determined that Hartman prevented Smith from doing his job in his crease."

Hartman disagreed.

“The puck's right there in my body and I'm just standing there and I get pulled over and the puck goes in the net,” Hartman said of the play after the game. “I didn't lunge at the goalie, I didn't go into the goalie. I fell backwards, so I don't know.”

Joel Quennville’s face says it all.

Challenge No. 2: With 3:30 left in the third period, Johnny Gaudreau appeared to have deflected a shot by Michael Stone to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Immediately, Blackhawks goalie Jeff Glass put his hands up in the air, believing Gaudreau’s stick was above the crossbar when the puck was redirected. The Blackhawks challenged, but quickly lost.

The Flames would eventually go on to score an empty-netter, and Patrick Kane scored with about six seconds left. Game over. Blackhawks lose 3-2.

“We’ll take tonight to think about it, and we’ll move on,” Hartman said.

On Postgame Live, Jamal Mayers and Adam Burish had some tell-it-like-it-is stuff:

Quenneville: Once Crawford starts practicing with Blackhawks, return 'probably not that far away'

Quenneville: Once Crawford starts practicing with Blackhawks, return 'probably not that far away'

Corey Crawford is getting closer to a return, but the return date is still uncertain.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after Monday's practice that the Blackhawks will get a better idea once he starts practicing.

"Hopefully that'll be the best sign and we'll know it's probably not that far away," Quenneville said.

The 33-year-old netminder has been out with an upper-body injury since December.

Crawford skated on Monday at practice, but didn't participate in any team drills.

Jeff Glass is scheduled to get the start on Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames.