Chicago Blackhawks sign Corey Crawford to six-year contract extension

Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) hoists the Stanley Cup after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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