Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gets six-year extension
The Chicago Blackhawks have built many successful teams that have pulled in two Stanley Cup titles despite continual turnover at the goaltender position. Between Nikolai Khabibulin, Cristobal Huet, and Cup winner Antti Niemi, the Blackhawks haven’t put a large emphasis on long-term investment in a given goalie since the 2005 lockout.
Now, that philosophy has changed, and the goalie they are investing in is Corey Crawford. Crawford, who backstopped the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup this past season, has received a 6 year, $36 million contract extension from the team, making him one of the league’s highest-paid goaltenders. The extension will start in 2014-15, after Crawford earns $2.67 million this year.
Crawford had quite the exciting day Monday, taking the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Montreal for the day, and taking a break to put the finishing touches on the new contract.
“Being able to get a chance to bring the Cup back home (with) all the people I played minor hockey with and grew up with and all my family was pretty special to start off — to add this on top of it is amazing,” Crawford said. “I want to be in Chicago for my whole career and this is amazing to be able to do this and get this deal done.”
The 52nd overall pick of the 2003 NHL draft, Crawford made his debut for the Blackhawks back in 2005-2006, but spent most of his time with Chicago’s various AHL affiliates until becoming the team’s starter in 2010-11. Crawford has posted a career goals-against average of 2.40, with a .913 save percentage and 8 shutouts.
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