Andrew Shaw on Blackhawks: 'Lot of good memories here'

Andrew Shaw on Blackhawks: 'Lot of good memories here'

There was no time for reunions, no time to see and talk to former Blackhawks teammates for Andrew Shaw on Sunday.

That’s the way it goes on the second half of a back-to-back. Just assume Shaw greeted the Blackhawks in the warm, welcoming way he did to opponents when he wore the Chicago jersey.

Shaw, who was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in June, returned to the United Center for the first time since the Blackhawks faced the St. Louis Blues last spring. Shaw was subdued before the game but was his usual self by the start of it, energetic and agitating. He received a loud, and standing, ovation from the crowd when the Blackhawks played a video montage for him in the first period. Shaw responded with a few waves and a sheepish grin.

“Obviously those are memories you’re not going to forget and don’t want to forget,” Shaw said prior to the game. “You just have to use them to inspire you to do it somewhere else as well, create the chemistry through the team and go out there and play hard.”

Shaw is currently playing on the Canadiens’ third line with another former Blackhawks forward, Phillip Danault. The Canadiens entered Sunday’s game in first place in the Atlantic Division by a wide margin – they have 27 points, and second-place Ottawa has 18. As much as part of Shaw’s night will be thinking about his time in Chicago, most of his thoughts are focused on Montreal’s excellent start.

“We have a great group of guys here and I think we’re capable of [success],” Shaw said. “We have, arguably, one of the best goalies in the NHL [Carey Price], a great defensive core and four lines that can play hockey. We have a great team and we’re going to keep building on what we have going here.”

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There was no big, friendly reunion with Shaw and his former Blackhawks teammates. Maybe that off-ice get-together happens when the Blackhawks go to Montreal later this year. Even though the Blackhawks didn’t really get to talk to Shaw, chances are they heard him throughout this game.

“I’ll go out there and play my game. That obviously involves trying to get under the skin of your opponents,” Shaw said with a grin. “I have a lot of good memories here. I made a lot of friends, made this place my home. It’s obviously tough to leave but with new opportunity comes new success. [I’ll] go out there, compete and have fun and bring what made me successful here to Montreal.”

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: "We expect Corey to be back"

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: "We expect Corey to be back"

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that the team expects goalie Corey Crawford to be back next season around training camp. Bowman also mentioned that Crawford might speak about his status himself during the Blackhawks Convention.

“What I said at the end of the year was still the case now, which is we expect Corey to be back,” Bowman said in a Thursday afternoon conference call. “We don’t have any reason to think that’s not going to happen.”

According to Bowman, Blackhawks players, including Crawford, already have their eyes set on next season.

“At this point in the summer, all the players are preparing for next season,” Bowman said. “Corey’s in that same preparation mode.”

Crawford is nursing what has been labeled an upper-body injury by the team. The two-time Stanley Cup winner was put on the shelf for the rest of the season back in late December, and he has not seen the ice since he skated in a February practice.

“Nothing has changed,” Bowman said. “We expect him to be back and ready to go in training camp.”

The Blackhawks have chosen to keep any groundbreaking news with Crawford under wraps, which the organization has done with other player injuries in the past. Bowman spoke about his vagueness in this situation.

“We’ve never gone into specifics about injuries,” Bowman said. “I realize this probably gets more attention because he’s our starting goalie and he won the Stanley Cup.”

Fans will have to take a wait-and-see approach, because it is unlikely that there will be a significant update regarding Crawford’s health before the season gets closer to its start.

Last season, Crawford only appeared in 28 games, posting a record of 16-9 with 782 saves before going down for the rest of the year.

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

After staying out of the public eye since his historic emergency relief appearance, Scott Foster emerged in Vegas at the NHL Awards and it was perfect. 

The 36-year-old accountant fittingly presented the Vezina Trophy award for the league's top goaltender and joked that he needed to speed it up because he had to get back to work.

Check him out on stage:

What a moment. And well done, NHL. 

Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in 14:01 of action in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 30.

Nashville Predators netminder Pekke Rinne took home the award, but you can't argue against Foster's 1.000 career save percentage.