For the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 16, 2018, Corey Crawford practiced with the Blackhawks on Saturday at MB Ice Arena. His on-ice session lasted roughly 25 minutes, however, before he left as practice continued.
Still, it's a positive step in his recovery process.
"Great to see him out there," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I wouldn't read too much into it. Obviously it's a process here. He's not going to get too high or too low, and neither are we. But I'm happy for him that he felt good enough to be on the ice, and we'll see what happens."
With the Blackhawks on a six-game winning streak that has pulled themselves within two points out of a wild card spot, it's easy for Chicago to get excited and think about what he can bring to a team looking to make a legitimate playoff push. But there are still hurdles Crawford needs to get through.
"I think there's a bunch of hurdles," Colliton said. "Just how he feels after today is probably a hurdle. But that's the nature of this injury. It's up and down sometimes, you can't explain things. But hopefully he keeps feeling better."
Crawford is clearly taking steps forward. He's been seen around the United Center several times, he's making public appearances, and he's been on the ice off and on for weeks now. He's certainly inching closer to a return.
But the Blackhawks aren't going to put a timeline on it. And neither is he.
"He doesn't tell us anything about timeline or anything like that," Colliton said. "But he's closer than he was before. ... No one wants to come back more than him. We’ll know when he’s ready."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.