Career Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford now NHL free agent

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The Chicago Blackhawks are not bringing back goalie Corey Crawford, GM Stan Bowman said Thursday.

“I had a conversation with Corey earlier today,” Bowman said. “And it was an emotional talk.”

The 35-year-old Crawford is an unrestricted free agent. Crawford, who has spent his entire career in Chicago since being drafted in the second round in 2003, has been the Blackhawks’ starting goaltender since 2010-11, and helped the franchise to two Stanley Cups, in 2013 and 2015.

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Free agency begins Friday, and Crawford joins a crowded veteran goalie market, which includes Cory Schneider, Braden Holtby, Henrik Lundqvist, Anton Khudobin, Jacob Markstrom, Thomas Greiss, Cam Talbot, Mike Smith, Craig Anderson and Jimmy Howard. The Vegas Golden Knights are also trying to shop Marc-Andre Fleury after signing Robin Lehner — who began last season in Chicago — to a five-year, $25 million deal.

Sources told ESPN that the Blackhawks had been negotiating with Crawford on a new deal but were asking him to take a significant pay cut from $5 million on his last contract. Sources say the Blackhawks were offering about $3.5 million to Crawford for a one-year deal, although talks fell apart.

“The message to Corey and to everyone else today is that we’ve decided we have some young goaltenders here in Chicago we believe in,” Bowman said. “Much like Corey needed that opportunity when he came up after the 2010 season, we have a couple young goalies in [Kevin] Lankinen and [Collin] Delia who we haven’t given a real opportunity to. With where we’re headed, the NHL is relying more and more on young players. We’re going to embrace that going forward.”

The Blackhawks have 26-year-old Delia and Lankinen, 25, signed through the next two seasons. Chicago did not extend a qualifying offer to Malcolm Subban, 26,


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education Launches New Suite of Live-Online Programs for Executives

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Engage with renowned faculty, industry leaders, and a global set of peers from wherever you are in the world

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education recently launched a new suite of live-online distance learning programs in response to the disruption of business continuity resulting from COVID-19. These programs are designed to help leaders upskill and meet today’s business challenges and remote learning challenges. Chicago Booth also transitioned many high-demand in-person open enrollment programs to a live-online format this fall.

Chicago Booth’s live-online executive education programs provide multiple benefits, which include …

  • Delivered in a synchronous format where you’ll learn from faculty, industry leaders, and peers in an interactive, high-impact virtual environment

  • Often blend of live virtual and offline activities and readings to deepen one’s understanding of course content

  • Virtual networking opportunities to grow professional networks, as well as the ability to join Chicago Booth Executive Education private LinkedIn group upon program completion

The suite of new programs includes High-Stakes Decisions: Manage Risk and Reputation, Negotiate with Influence, Strategic Thinking for Turbulent Times, Wealth Planning Essentials, and Building Courageous, High-Performing Organizations. Furthermore, several traditional in-person programs such as Executive Program in Corporate Strategy, Strategic Business Leadership, Leading Organizational Change, Mergers and Acquisitions, and the Executive Finance Program, will be held in a live-online format this fall.

Chicago Booth Executive Education offers world-class in-person and live-online education across finance, leadership, strategy, marketing, and comprehensive management, and designs custom programs tailored to meet an organization’s unique challenges. Programs are taught by the same faculty who teach in Booth’s MBA degree program. The Booth Executive Education network represents over 27,000 executives across 130 countries. Group and team discounts are available.

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