Ramblings: Crawford Retires, Barzal Signs, Players Who Could Disappoint… But Still Provide Significant Value (Jan 10)

Ian Gooding

2021-01-10

A day after news broke that he would be taking a leave of absence from the Devils, Corey Crawford has announced his retirement after ten NHL seasons. Despite signing with New Jersey in the offseason, Crawford will finish his career having played for only the Blackhawks.

Crawford will be best known as having backstopped the Hawks to two Stanley Cups (2013, 2015), while he also played in two All-Star Games (2015, 2017) and shared in two Jennings Trophy wins (2013, 2015). Also, check out these playoff numbers.

These are considerable accomplishments, so his decision is understandable given the fact that he has battled headaches and light sensitivity from multiple head injuries in recent years. All the best to him in his retirement.

As mentioned yesterday, Mackenzie Blackwood will be in line for plenty of starts with Crawford's retirement. He should be upgraded slightly in rankings based on volume alone. Don't be surprised if the Devils bring in another goalie via free agency, waiver claim, or a trade.

Another note: The Blackhawks' decision to not re-sign Crawford this offseason and go with the inexperienced group of goalies suddenly doesn't look so bad. Combine that with the absences of Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews and it appears that this will be a season for the Hawks to retool.

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The Penguins cancelled their Saturday practice because of an "abundance of caution" due to COVID-19 exposure. For now, it seems like they will continue on as planned toward their Wednesday season debut against the Flyers.

If you're starting to get worried about your players potentially missing games, keep in mind that the schedule has allowed certain windows throughout the season for games to be res