Hawks 'very comfortable' with Crawford in net
Despite the Blackhawks' pursuit of veteran free agent Martin Brodeur earlier this week, general manager Stan Bowman contends there aren't any issues with goaltender Corey Crawford.
Brodeur never intended to leave New Jersey, as it turned out, re-signing a two-year deal worth $9 million.
"Marty is the winningest goalie in the history of the game, and in some ways you'd be foolish not to discuss that with him," Bowman said. "I don't think it says anything about (our goaltending). We're very comfortable with our goaltending.
"It's just like talking to Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. It doesn't really disparage your crop of defensemen or forwards. I don't think you would be doing you job if you didn't talk to them."
Bowman, of course, made offers to both Parise and Suter only to watch them sign with Minnesota.
Bowman said he would look to either trades or free agency to fill the few holes the Hawks have on their roster.
"I don't want to handicap it," Bowman said "One thing I've tried to convey is we've got a really good nucleus on our team here. Unlike some teams who have had players leave to go to another team, there are holes on their rosters. We're not in that position. We have a full complement of players that we're very confident in."
Happy to have him:
Stan Bowman said the Hawks are very high on defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, who they signed on the first day of free agency to a two-year, $2.5 million deal.
"That was one of the pieces we were really looking to upgrade from last year," Bowman said. "Another right-hand shot, a defenseman with a little bit stronger defensive profile, penalty killer, with a little physical element to his game. It was a very fortunate acquisition for us."
Teuvo Teravainen, the Hawks' first-round pick in the recent draft, is one of the 52 players invited to the 2012 prospects camp that starts Monday at Johnny's Ice House West.
Former first-round picks Mark McNeill (2011), Phillip Danault (2011) and Kevin Hayes (2010) will also attend, as well as 2011 second-round picks Adam Clendening (36th overall) and Brandon Saad (43rd overall).
Michigan State defenseman Jake Chelios, son of Chris Chelios, has also been invited.
The camp concludes with scrimmages Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.