Blackhawks give Crawford 6-year contract extension

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Corey Crawford’s incredible year has been capped off with the announcement that that Chicago Blackhawks goaltender agreed to a six-year contract extension Monday.

Crawford helped lead the Hawks to the Stanley Cup in June and now the goalie has a deal that runs through the 2019-20 season. After capturing the Jennings Trophy, along with Ray Emery, for the top goaltending perfomance during the 2013 season, the 28-year-old Crawford was stellar during the postseason by posting a 16-7 record, 1.84 goals-against average and .932 saves percentage in 23 games in the playoffs. The deal reportedly is worth $36 million, which would mean an annual salary-cap hit of $6 million.

The signing comes the same day the Montreal native has his day with the Cup. Last week, Crawford attended Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp in Calgary that could be the first step toward securing a roster spot for Canada during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

“There’s been a lot going on the last couple of months,” Crawford said last week. “It’s pretty crazy to think about it after being in the minors only four years ago and thinking about whether I was going to make it or not to the NHL.”

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