Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – After leading them to the Stanley Cup last season, the Chicago Blackhawks have rewarded goaltender Corey Crawford with a six-year contract extension reportedly worth $36 million.
â€œItâ€™s a big high right now, hopefully I donâ€™t come down from it,â€ said the 28-year-old Crawford, who is now signed through the 2019-20 season.
â€œItâ€™s been amazing. The last couple months have been great, added Crawford, referring to his invitation to Team Canadaâ€™s Olympic camp for the first time and his recent engagement.
The deal has made Crawford the seventh highest-paid goalie in the league. Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask got an eight-year, $56 million deal while Phoenixâ€™s Mike Smith signed a six-year, $34 million contract.
Last season, Crawford went 19-5-5 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. He teamed up with backup Ray Emery to win the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league.
Crawford then went 16-7 with a 1.84 GAA and .932 save percentage in the playoffs, narrowly losing the Conn Smythe Trophy to teammate Patrick Kane.