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07-30-2013, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Henkka View Post
So are you saying, maybe they'll let him walk?
I honestly think they might.

I'm a huge Hawks fan, and I'm the first to say that you need good goaltending to win the Cup. If push comes to shove though, I would bet that the Hawks think they have a better chance of being competitive long term by icing a team that can roll 4 lines and 3 d-pairs with an average goalie (which Crawford is IMO), than spending $5-6M on a goalie and have to skimp on the 3rd d-pair.

Hopefully the Hawks have an idea of what it's going to take to resign the core guys (JT/PK) when their contracts expire. They'll take a look at that number, factor in raises for the other RFA's, compare it to estimated growth in the cap and see how much room that they have for Crawford.

My guestimate is that Crawford is the guy who they see if they have room for. I doubt he's a guy that they make room for by moving core players to free $'s for up long term.

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