By Paul Roumeliotis
Corey Crawford already has his name on the Stanley Cup. Is an Olympic medal in his future, as well?
The Blackhawks' netminder is one of many candidates for the role of Team Canada's starting goaltender in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Michael Traikos from the National Post broke down the positives and negatives of Crawford and the other four goalies who were invited to the camp in August.
Last season, Crawford capped off a stellar regular-season and postseason run with a Stanley Cup victory, landing him in the Olympic discussion. So far this season, Crawford, 28, has picked up right where he left off, posting a record of 7-2-2 with a .916 save percentage.
But despite these facts, a roster spot won't be a cakewalk for the Hawks' No. 50 as there are several others in the competition as well.
The frontrunner, according to Traikos, is Canucks goalie and noted Blackhawks enemy Roberto Luongo. Luongo won a gold medal as the starting goalie for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was also a member of the 2006 team, backing up Martin Brodeur. Luongo edging out Crawford for a roster spot would just add more fuel to the fire when it comes to Hawks fans' already ice-cold feeling toward the Canucks goalie.
The other three candidates who were invited to camp are Phoenix's Mike Smith, Montreal's Carey Price and Washington's Braden Holtby. Traikos also mentions Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury and Toronto's duo of James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier as other potential candidates for the spot in net.
The Sochi Games begin on Feb. 6, 2014.