Craw­ford ‘close’ to re­turn

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS -

CAL­GARY — Chicago Blackhawks goal­tender Corey Craw­ford is “close” to re­turn­ing from in­jury but Craw­ford has still not be­gun skat­ing, ac­cord­ing to coach Joel Quen­neville.

Craw­ford, who has not played since March 14 be­cause of an up­per-body in­jury, is not on the team’s road trip through Cal­gary, Van­cou­ver and Min­nesota as he re­cov­ers from an up­per­body in­jury.

Quen­neville would not go into specifics of Craw­ford’s in­jury when asked if Craw­ford was deal­ing with a con­cus­sion or ver­tigo, but he did say the Hawks were not con­cerned about Craw­ford’s avail­abil­ity for the play­offs.

“We think he’s go­ing to be ready (for the play­offs),” Quen­neville said. “He’s close but we still don’t see him on the ice. Can’t an­swer that cer­tainly, but we ex­pect him to be ready.”

Cen­ter Mar­cus Kruger was ex­pected to make his re­turn from a dis­lo­cated wrist that has kept him out since Dec. 17.

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