Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford left no ambiguity: He plans to play again as soon as possible.
He addressed his concussion today for the first time after going through a full practice with the Hawks and said he felt “back to normal.” He has been out nearly two months since a collision at the net sidelined him, but has been training with the staff and has no restrictions on practicing.
Crawford said he wasn’t scared about playing after suffering concussions in two straight seasons and did not consider retirement when he went down in December.
“Not at all,” he said. “I was gonna come back as soon as I felt 100 percent. I’m not worried about that. It is what it is. Some guys have to deal with other injuries. It’s just what I had to deal with. But I feel good, I feel ready and we’re just gonna work our way back to getting in the lineup.”
Neither Crawford nor Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton have mentioned a timeline for his return. He is not traveling with the team today for Tuesday’s game at the Bruins.