Originally posted on Pro Hockey Rumors | By Gavin Lee | Last updated 10/8/20
It’s the end of an era in Chicago. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman announced that the team will not re-sign Corey Crawford. Bowman explained it was an emotional decision and suggested that Crawford should be recognized with the great Chicago goaltenders like Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito after winning two Stanley Cups with the organization. Crawford will become an unrestricted free agent Friday. While Bowman confirmed Malcolm Subban was not given a qualifying offer (along with Slater Koekkoek, Drake Caggiula and others), the team is hoping to re-sign him to a different contract.
Crawford, 35, will leave the Blackhawks after 497 games in the Chicago crease and one of the most consistent goaltenders of his generation. He posted a 260-162-53 record over his decade-plus with the team, recording a .918 regular-season save percentage in the process. His postseason performances were even better, with two magical runs to the Stanley Cup championship in 2013 and 2015. He was a Vezina candidate on three different occasions, took home the Jennings twice and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2011. There is little that Crawford hasn’t accomplished during his time in Chicago.
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