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Blackhawks' Crawford signs six-year deal on his day with Cup

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TSN.ca Staff
9/2/2013 2:52:43 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford on a six-year contract extension worth $36 million.

Crawford, 28, posted a 16-7 record with one shutout, a league-best 1.84 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in 23 post-season games while helping the Blackhawks capture the Stanley Cup in June.

A tweet from Cup keeper Phil Pritchard on Monday showed Crawford signing the contract papers on his day with the trophy. 

"I want to be in Chicago for my whole career and this is amazing to be able to do this and get this deal done," Crawford said on a conference call.

Crawford registered a 19-5-5 record with three shutouts, a 1.94 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 30 regular-season appearances last season with the Blackhawks, while earning his first William M. Jennings Trophy (with Ray Emery) as the goaltender on the club allowing the fewest goals against during the 2012-13 season.

Crawford ranked third in the NHL in goals-against average, fifth in save percentage, and ranked 11th in wins and shutouts during the regular season.

"He's grown up with our organization and he's earned the ultimate (prize) with our group," said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. "So there was never a question in our minds that we want to commit to him because it's the most important position we have and we have a lot of faith in his ability to continue.

"He's a young goalie. He's certainly worked hard to get himself to the NHL and now he's proven he can do it at the highest level."

The Montreal native has earned an 83-43-19 record with eight shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 152 career games with Chicago from 2005 to 2013. Crawford was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Corey Crawford  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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