After months of keeping fans in the dark, Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks have finally announced the nature of the injury that has kept Crawford sidelined since November. At a press conference earlier today Crawford opened up about his injury: “last year was a concussion, and I’m still getting over the symptoms. Most of them are gone, but I’m not clear yet. Until that happens, I won’t be back in.” (via @MarkLazerus on Twitter). Although it is nice to finally get some answers, the future still looks grim for Blackhawk’s net-minder situation. If the symptoms are still lingering enough to impede Crow’s chances of getting cleared to play, the concussion may be one so serious that it impacts his play for the foreseeable future.

Although this isn’t the best news, Hawks fans did get some good news as the team announced that it would do a better job reporting injuries and keeping fans in the updated on those fronts. Hockey teams have always been traditionally quiet in terms of reporting injuries. For example, if someone lost a leg they would report that they suffered a lower-body injury and would be back in 2-3 weeks. Going forward it will be nice to get a better understanding of a players health, and what their timeframe for return can be.

Of course, this isn’t the best situation for the Hawks to be in, coming off a less than stellar season. Plan to see Cam Ward spend a lot of time in the crease these upcoming months as we pray for Crawford’s conditions to better and mount his comeback.

Just remember good things come to those who wait!

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