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Blackhawks fill out goaltending depth, but what about Corey Crawford?

Blackhawks fill out goaltending depth, but what about Corey Crawford?

The Blackhawks took care of some housekeeping items last week when they agreed to terms with a pair of 2017 draft picks on entry-level deals and re-signed two of their pending restricted free agents, which included goaltender Kevin Lankinen. 

On Monday, the Rockford IceHogs announced they inked goaltender Tom Aubrun to a two-year AHL contract. He's coming off of back-to-back seasons in which he was named the NEHC Player and Goaltender of the Year for NCAA Division III. At Norwich University, Auburn went 50-8-5 with a 1.27 goals against average, a .946 save percentage and 20 shutouts in 65 career appearances.

The Blackhawks now have three goaltenders under NHL contract for the 2020-21 season (Collin Delia, Lankinen and Matt Tomkins) and one on an AHL deal (Aubrun). The goaltending situation for next season is quickly taking shape at all levels, with Delia or Lankinen expected to be in big leagues, the other manning the crease in Rockford with Tomkins, and Aubrun possibly getting his feet wet with the Indy Fuel in the ECHL.

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Which leaves us with the biggest question of them all: Corey Crawford, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent. 

It's no secret the 35-year-old, two-time Stanley Cup champion wants to continue playing hockey, prefers to finish his career in Chicago and believes he can still be an everyday starter.

Crawford certainly strengthened his case when he started 10 straight down the stretch and went 6-4-0 with a 2.41 goals against average, .930 save percentage and 6.17 goals saved above average before the NHL put its season on pause.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, it's difficult to project what a fair deal between Crawford and the Blackhawks would be due to the uncertainty of what next season's salary cap could look like. However, it might mean both sides could be willing to come to an agreement on a shorter-term, team-friendly contract given that every other team in the league will be dealing with financial challenges as well.

The future of the 2019-20 season and whether the Stanley Cup will be awarded remains unclear, so there's not necessarily an urgency to figure it out right now. But the Blackhawks don't have a proven NHL starter among the four goalies currently under contract, which means filling the most important position appears to be the final order of business on the goaltending agenda after rounding out the rest of the group.

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

On Friday, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane authored a Twitter thread against racism composed of four tweets that read as follows:

"Racism and injustice in our country must end.  

"As a white male in this society, I will never truly understand. But I want to help in this fight for change - and I know I cannot do that in silence. 

"I’m here to listen and to educate myself – but most importantly, to act. While I have so much more to learn and do, I was inspired by @jahmal_cole words, ‘What’s something simple I can do that will have a positive impact on my block?’

"Today, I’m contributing to Chicago’s own @mbmhmc (My Block, My Hood, My City) and @ASPChicago (All Stars Project of Chicago) and encourage others to learn more about the many inspirational and impactful organizations serving the black community.

"You may have seen this video already, but I think it’s important to share. It helped me begin to better understand systemic racism and open my eyes to the problems many may not be aware of."

Kane linked the following video, titled "Systemic Racism Explained", in his final tweet:

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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and goalie Malcolm Subban participated in a By the Hand Club event for Kids in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side Thursday. 

Per ChicagoBears.com, the event was coordinated by Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson also took part in the function, along with Cubs players Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis and the Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono and Max Strus. 

The pro athletes spoke with children and representatives from the By the Hand Club, BUILD and the Westside Health Authority. Chicago police officers also joined to help form "healing circles." 

The group then took a bus tour of the neighborhood led by Alderman Emma Mitts and a youth leader from the By the Hand Club. Congressman Danny Davis also spoke to the group. 

The By the Hand Club for Kids is an after-school program whose mission is "helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have an abundant life."

BUILD — Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership — an organization focusing on gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, strives "to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities."



The Westside Health Authority provides services, promotes wellness and development, and encourages and enables growth, engagement and positive change. Its mission is "to use the capacity of local residents to improve the health and well-being of the community."

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