Corey Crawford makes a deal with the Devils

Last night it was announced that the New Jersey Devils have signed former Chicago Blackhawk and two-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender Corey Crawford. The terms of the agreement is for two years with an annual average value of 3.9 million per season. Crawford’s signing comes a day after the Devils bought our former goalie Cory Schneider. Here is the announcement and terms of the agreement from the New Jersey Devils:

Statement from New Jersey Devils

My reaction:

As I said recently after buying out Cory Schneider, the Devils would be active in finding a veteran goaltender to pair with the youngster MacKenzie Blackwood. It definitely looks like New Jersey found their man to help push and guide Blackwood as he becomes the Devils number one goaltender. I wasn’t expecting the Devils to sign Crawford but, obviously this is a very good move regardless. Corey Crawford is very well respected and obviously knows how to win as a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks. He still has the ability to play in between the pipes and will be a very good role model and provide leadership inside the New Jersey Devils locker room. This also gives Gilles Senn more time to develop in the AHL if the Devils think he can be a 1A type of goaltender someday. Overall, great signing for New Jersey!

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