After spending his entire career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal goaltender Corey Crawford will now need to find a new team.
Indeed, the general manager of training of Illinois, Stan Bowman, announced Thursday the rupture between the organization and Crawford, who becomes a free agent without compensation.
According to The Athletic, the Hawks had offered him a one-year, $ 3.5 million contract for the next season.
The 35-year-old goaltender was drafted by the Hawks in the second round, 52nd overall, in 2003. He played 488 games with the team, which he twice helped win the Stanley Cup, in 2013 and 2015.
During his long stint in Chicago, he maintained a 260-162-53 record, a 2.45 goals against average and a .918 save rate.
Concussions have slowed him down considerably in recent years. In the last season, despite going 16-20-3, he posted a 2.77 goals against average and a .917 save rate.
After contracting COVID-19 this summer, Crawford has maintained a 4-5 record, a 3.31 GPA and a .907 rate in the last playoffs.
Divorce pronounced between Schneider and the Devils
Guardian Cory Schneider is another who will have to find a new destination. The New Jersey Devils have chosen to cut ties with Schneider and also invite themselves to the mad race for goaltenders in the unrestricted free agent market which will open this Friday.
As announced by the team on Thursday, the Devils have effectively chosen to put Schneider’s name on waiver in an attempt to buy out his contract. The 34-year-old veteran goaltender had two more seasons to go on his $ 6 million per campaign deal. With this buyout, the Devils will have an impact of $ 2 million on their payroll for four years.
Last season, Schneider appeared in 13 National Hockey League games, posting a 3-6-2 record and a 3.53 goals against average.
Among the most prominent goaltenders in the free agent market, Braden Holtby, Jacob Markstrom and Anton Khudobin are generating interest, as are Henrik Lundqvist and Crawford.
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