Crawford, who is the final year of his six-year, $36 million contract that he signed in September 2013 — which includes a 10-team trade list — said he hasn’t talked with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman about a new contract yet.
The 35-year-old Crawford is 7-13-2 with a 3.09 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and minus-2.15 goals-saved above average in 23 games this season while sharing the net with Robin Lehner. With Crawford having back-to-back seasons where he missed a significant about of time due to concussions, Bowman signed Lehner to a one-year, $5 million contract. Lehner, who will turn 29 on July 24, has been one of the league’s top goaltenders this season with a 13-7-4 record, 2.88 GAA, .923 save percentage and 13.51 GSAA.
The Blackhawks started the season alternating starts between Crawford and Lehner until December when Lehner started to truly emerge as the goaltender who gave the team the best chance to win. Crawford, however, is still interested in being the top choice in net.
On Hawks: "I would still love to have a chance here to win another Cup. We have a really good young group of players, and guys get to the next level pretty quick, I find. Once you get over that learning curve, I think we could be competitive quickly."— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) January 14, 2020
If the Blackhawks commit to re-signing Lehner, it’ll likely cost them around $6 million per season and signal the end of Crawford’s playing tenure with the Blackhawks. Lehner would take over the No. 1 role, and either Collin Delia or Kevin Lankinen would emerge from the AHL as the backup.
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