Corey Crawford opens up about Blackhawks' decision to move on
Corey Crawford 'devastated' by Blackhawks' decision to move on originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks made a surprising decision on Thursday when GM Stan Bowman announced the organization would not sign veteran goalkeeper Corey Crawford again.
Recruited by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 52 overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Crawford has been the team's full-time starter since the 2010-11 season and has brought two Stanley Cups to Chicago. But the management group informed Crawford Thursday morning that the Blackhawks in the gate wanted to get younger and moved on.
"I was pretty devastated when I received the news that I was not going back to Chicago," Crawford said. "That's all I have known for my entire career and they just wanted to go a different way."
The Blackhawks reportedly offered Crawford a $ 3.5 million one-year deal but never moved. Crawford said he expected more back and forth during the negotiation process, but that didn't happen.
"I think everyone was pretty shocked," Crawford said after speaking to many of his former Blackhawks teammates about the news. "But we've seen [Andrew] Shaw and [Niklas] Hjalmarsson and some other guys over the years. It's sport. I never thought I'd be a part of it, but here we are. So it's time to go ahead. "
While it wasn't exactly the outcome he was thinking of, Crawford didn't have much time to digest the news as the NHL Free Agency opened on Friday. He eventually signed a two-year deal for $ 7.8 million ($ 3.9 million) with the New Jersey Devils, who showed great interest from the start.
"It's a team with a lot of young skills," said Crawford. "They're on the rise, it's a team I'm excited about. I want to help Jersey win hockey games and the goal is to win a championship. It's time to go ahead and make a fresh start. This." I'm excited to be doing this for the first time. "
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