New Devils goaltender Corey Crawford bluntly admits he’s an admirer of Martin Brodeur, and a discussion with executive vice-president has convinced him to pursue his career in New Jersey.
Crawford agreed to a two-year, $ 7.8 million pact from his new team on Friday, ending his long association with the Chicago Blackhawks. The two-time Stanley Cup winner doesn’t seem to regret his decision.
“Martin was one of my idols when I was young. I grew up in Montreal and saw him play. He was amazing and one of the best, the 35-year veteran told NHL.com. I had a few posters of him on my wall when I was a kid. It was great to have been able to talk to him. We discussed the city and the team, as well as the direction taken by the organization. I think it’s great to be able to contribute. ”
A lot of emotions
Despite this new start in sight, Crawford is a little sad to leave a formation for which he played the first 13 seasons of his career in the National League.
“There were a lot of emotions. It was sort of a quick turnaround. Obviously, I was devastated to learn that I was not going to return to Chicago. It is the only place I have known since my beginnings. However, they wanted to go elsewhere. This turned into excitement for me as New Jersey was interested in my services. It’s with them that I spoke the most and it’s a club with a lot of talented young people. They are going to be better and I am happy to be there. ”
In fact, Crawford praised some teammates, including Mackenzie Blackwood and PK Subban.
“Of course I was in the other team and didn’t face them often, but I was surprised at how good a young goalie Blackwood is. And they have a lot of skills up front. Then, Subban is still a great player, he said. I’m confident to help this group win more games. I think he is undervalued and things change quickly in the National League. The Blackhawks did it, they had a young and fast core, the Colorado Avalanche did too. I believe it can be so here as well. ”