On Labor Day, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a six-year contract extension with should-have-been Conn Smythe winner Corey Crawford. The deal will keep Crawford in Chicago thru the 2019-20 season.
The news was broken by Philip Prichard – aka the Cup Keeper – on Twitter on Monday morning. But before the Blackhawks made the announcement formal, his tweet had been deleted.
Crawford, 28, was selected in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After winning the William M. Jennings Trophy with Ray Emery by leading the NHL in goals allowed during the 2013 regular season, many wanted Emery to be in net to start the playoffs.
But Crawford quieted his critics with a stellar postseason in which he posted a 16-7 record, a league-best 1.84 goals against average, a .932 save percentage and one shutout in 23 games.
Since making his NHL debut in 2005, Crawford has a 83-43-19 record with a 2.40 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and eight shutouts in 152 career regular season games.