It has been relatively quiet in the NHL news cycle, but on Monday morning the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks announced that they have reached a six-year contract extension with starting netminder Corey Crawford.
The deal will keep Crawford in Chicago through the end of the 2019-20 season.
During his time with the team, Crawford has racked up a 83-43-19 record with eight shutouts. Even more impressive is his 2.40 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. There is no question why the Blackhawks were looking to lock him up with a long-term deal.
If Crawford can continue to put up the numbers that he did last season – 1.94 GAA and .926 save percentage — no one will question the deal from Chicago. If he takes a step back, people will begin to question the move.
The good news for Chicago is that it looks like they have been able to lock up a key player to their future success and that is all you can ask for.