The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Monday that they signed goaltender Corey Crawford to an extension that will keep him with the team through the 2019-2020 season. The extension was reported by various media outlets and is for 6 years and $36 million as reported by Renaud Lavoie.
Last season was a breakout year for Crawford as he broke out and had a stellar regular season going 19-5-5 with a 1.94 goals against average, .926 save percentage and 3 shutouts helping lead the Blackhawks to the Presidents’ Trophy and a record 24 game unbeaten streak to start the season.
In the playoffs, it got even better for Crawford. He started every game of the playoffs and went 16-7 with a goals against average of 1.84, .932 save percentage and 1 shutout.
There were plenty of fine moments for Crawford including his performance in Games 6 and 7 against the Detroit Red Wings. The strength of the Blackhawks during the playoffs was the play of Crawford who was deserving of the Conn Smythe trophy.
For Crawford who will return to Chicago for training camp this week, today is a special day as it was his day with the Stanley Cup as well.
"To have a chance to bring the Cup back home, all of the people I played minor hockey with and grew up with and all of my family, is pretty special to start off with," he said. "To add this on top on it, it's amazing. I want to be in Chicago for my whole career. This is amazing to be able to do this and get this deal done."
The extension for Crawford is similar to deals that were signed by Jimmy Howard and Mike Smith. But his extension is cheaper than the one signed by Tuukka Rask, who signed an 8 year, $56 million extension after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to Crawford.