Blackhawks will not be bringing back Corey Crawford
Add Corey Crawford to the crowded list of unrestricted free agent goalkeepers. On Thursday, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said the team will not sign the 35-year-old goalkeeper again.
"I had a conversation with Corey earlier today and it was an emotional conversation," Bowman said.
Crawford led the franchise to two Stanley Cup titles and has been a major pillar of the network since the 2010-11 NHL season. He has won 260 games in 474 starts and leads the Blackhawks playoffs with 52 wins.
The decision to run Crawford is a signal that a youth movement is afoot, even though Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews remain on the books for three more seasons.
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"Now that we've made the decision on how we're going to move forward [with the youth] there are a lot more things we're going to be discussing in the coming days until we're planning next year team," said Bowman.
According to CapFriendly, the Blackhawks are just over $ 11 million below the salary cap ahead of the free agency's opening on Friday. Bowman has yet to sign the Calder Trophy finalists Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome. That situation would be easier if Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw didn't take up $ 10.775 million in space over the next two seasons. (Seabrook's $ 6.875 million cap hit is available for three additional seasons.)
As for the network replacement, Bowman failed to qualify Malcolm Subban but said he would try to sign it. In this off-season it is a crowded goalkeeper market. Aside from Crawford, Braden Holtby, Jacob Markstrom, Anton Khudobin, Jimmy Howard and Craig Anderson are just a few of the names that will be available.
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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk for NBC Sports. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.
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