The Right Man For the Job: Corey Crawford
WRITTEN BY PATRICK HOFFMAN | 20 MAY 2011
(Article By Pat Hoffman)
The Chicago Blackhawks signed exactly that today when the club locked up goaltender Corey Crawford for the next three seasons for $8 million ($2.67 million per).
The 26-year-old netminder had a great season between the pipes for the Blackhawks this year as he won 33 games, posted a 2.30 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and picked up 4 shutouts. For a rookie netminder, I would say that is not too bad, eh?
Futhermore, the young Blackhawks’ netminder was even better in the playoffs in a losing effort. Crawford was 3-4 with a 2.21 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and one shuout as he took the Blackhakws to a Game 7 against the best team in the league, the Vancouver Canucks.
In that game 7, Crawford was outstanding as he made 38 saves, many of the outstadning variety, in doing everything he can to keep his hockey club in the game and give his club a chance to win the series. He may have come up short but in the long run, he showed the Blackhawks that he was their goaltender of the future.
The even nicer reality for Blackhawks fans is that Crawford will develop over the next three years into a very good and possibly elite goalie. For 2.67 million dollars per year, that is a price that truly is not too hard to take.