Hawks general manager Stan Bowman admitted recently the team tried to sign goalie great Martin Brodeur when he briefly became a free agent in early July. Brodeur re-signed with the New Jersey Devils --meaning Crawford still has the No.1 job with the Hawks.
“Having a chance at a guy like that, he’s a great goaltender but at the same time I can’t really focus on that stuff,” Crawford said Friday at the opening of the fan convention. “I have to worry about what I’m doing and how I’m preparing myself for the season. All that other stuff --- if you listen to it -- is going to be a distraction for you.”
Crawford is coming off a season he admits was “up and down”, he ranked in the lower third of NHL goalies in most statistical categories. He knows there is pressure, there always is for the goaltender.
“It seems like every year just gets bigger and bigger but right now I just have to focus on my training and take it day by day,” Crawford stated. “You have to have fun in the summer too. Let things go and just relax.”
Crawford looked back at his season and has tried to make adjustments. He thinks that helped him in the latter stages of the year despite some soft goals in the postseason. He was asked if it motivates him when the team openly tries to obtain another netminder -- let alone one of the best of all-time.
“Definitely, but either way I’m motivated,” Crawford said. “I want to play well, I want to do well and be the No.1 guy here.”
With no definitive proof or real whispers the Hawks are still trying to obtain another netminder, it appears Crawford will get his chance at No. 1 again this year.