The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have signed goaltender Corey Crawford to a six year contract extension. The signing will now keep Crawford in Chicago through the 2019-2020 season. Though financial terms have yet to be officially released, several sources have said it is worth about $36 million. Crawford was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Crawford, 28, is coming off an impressive season for the Blackhawks in which he led them to a Stanley Cup. Last season, he posted a record of 19-5-5, along with a 1.94 goals against average and .926 save percentage. He also recorded three shutouts.
Though he had some rough spots in the playoffs, Crawford remained composed and focused. He went 16-7 in the playoffs, with a 1.84 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He had one shutout in the playoffs.
With Crawford now locked up, the Blackhawks can shift their focus to other players. After the 2013-2014 season, notable players such as Michal Handzus and Niklas Hjalmarsson become free agents. After the 2014-2015 season, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are unrestricted free agents. One has to imagine that the Blackhawks will do everything in their power to keep their star players in Chicago.
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