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Quenneville not worried about Crawford, core

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  • The Chicago Blackhawks honored Eddie Olczyk, front, with a special night during the 2009-10 season, and now the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will induct him this fall.

      The Chicago Blackhawks honored Eddie Olczyk, front, with a special night during the 2009-10 season, and now the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will induct him this fall.
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While the Blackhawks might have flirted with free-agent goaltender Martin Brodeur last week, it wasn't because the organization had lost confidence in Corey Crawford.

That opinion was seconded on Wednesday by coach Joel Quenneville, who met the media at prospects camp.

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Last week, general manager Stan Bowman said he was only doing his job by talking to Brodeur's agent.

"I'm very comfortable and confident with Corey," Quenneville said. "Last year, coming off the year he had as a rookie, looking back at the history of goaltenders, whether there's a balance factor that second year. A number of top goalies have taken that kind of career path.

"We anticipate Corey getting right back on track. We're anticipating Corey bouncing back, recapture that consistency in his game and being a top goalie again. When you've got a top guy like Marty Brodeur out there, I think you've got to visit that situation."

Quenneville doesn't see any need to go to Crawford and massage his ego.

"I talked to (goalie coach) Stephan (Waite) about it, and we'll get the chance to talk to Corey about it as well," Quenneville said, referring to the Blackhawks convention next week. "Everybody understands the importance of goaltending. There's a lot of focus and different types of pressure, there's playoff expectations. Corey's well aware that your performance is going to dictate how much you play and how you progress."

While the Hawks missed out on winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, the top two free agents available who went to Minnesota as a package deal, they're reportedly one of the teams Shane Doan is considering leaving Phoenix to join.

"We have some great pieces," Quenneville said. "Our core is a nice core of top guys. It would be great to add a top player (like Doan) to your team, but I have a lot of confidence and trust in what we have and the core group we have.

"It's tough to comment (on Doan) right now. He's got a lot of respect around the league and was competitive against us in the first round."

Marian Hossa remains a huge part of that core and Quenneville shared the good news that the Hawks' star will be in town for next week's convention.

Hossa was knocked out of the first-round series with Phoenix by that vicious hit from Raffi Torres in Game 3 at the United Center.

Hossa suffered a concussion on the play and had to be wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.

"He's doing fine," Quenneville said. "We're all looking forward to seeing how he's doing."

As for the search for Mike Haviland's replacement as assistant coach, Quenneville said it's down to a few names.

"We're progressing; we're real close," Quenneville said. "Hopefully we'll find out in the next little while and make an announcement."

That might be the bit of news that leads off the convention next Friday.

U.S. Hall calls Eddie O:

Eddie Olczyk, a former first-round draft pick and current Blackhawks broadcaster, was named Wednesday by the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame to this year's induction class, along with New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello and Mike Modano.

Modano won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, and Olczyk won one with the New York Rangers. They will be enshired in the fall with Lamoriello, who led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five Eastern Conference crowns.

Modano played 21 seasons and finished with 561 goals and 1,374 points, and holds the record for most postseason points (145) by an American.

Olczyk was the third overall pick of the 1984 draft and played for 16 years with the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Jets, Rangers, Kings and Penguins. He finished with 342 goals and 794 points in 1,031 games.

"The Chicago Blackhawks would like to congratulate Eddie Olczyk and his entire family on the well-deserved honor," team president and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "Eddie's positive impact is felt through the entire organization, starting from the youth hockey level all the way to our players, coaches and front office staff. He is a great ambassador for the game of hockey and the city of Chicago. We couldn't be more proud to have him as a member of our Blackhawks family and appreciate everything Eddie does for the club on a daily basis."

Broadcast schedule

In conjunction with Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and WGN Radio, the Blackhawks have released their 2012 preseason broadcast schedule, which includes televising three of the club's six preseason games:

• Tuesday, Sept. 25: at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. on WGNRadio.com.

• Friday, Sept. 28: Detroit at United Center, 7:30 p.m. on WGNRadio.com.

• Saturday, Sept. 29: at Detroit, 6 p.m. on WGNRadio.com.

• Sunday, Sept. 30: Pittsburgh at United Center, 6 p.m. on CSN and WGN Radio.

• Friday, Oct. 5: at Pittsburgh Penguins, 6 p.m. on CSN and WGN Radio.

• Saturday, Oct. 6: Philadelphia at United Center, 7:30 p.m., WGN-TV/Radio.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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