The New Jersey Devils finally made the move fans have been wanting for months. New Jersey General Manager Tom Fitzgerald re-signed RFA goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to a 3-year deal worth $8.4 million, with an annual average value of $2.8 million. The announcement was made earlier today.
Blackwood has proved that he is a starting-caliber goalie for the Devils. He is considered one of the best young goalies in the NHL and is a vital piece of the Devils rebuild going forward.
Entering his third season with the Devils, Blackwood was very impressive in 2019-20. The 24-year-old went 22-14-8, with many miraculous performances. He also posted a 2.72 goals-against average in 47 appearances. He also finished second in the NHL all-rookie team voting at the goaltender position.
Blackwood also stung together career-best performances in February 2020. In the month he went 6-0-1 with a .967 save percentage. He led all NHL goaltenders for the month in these stats. Blackwood was turning heads throughout the NHL in 2019-20, and he has continuously proved that he is the #1 starter for New Jersey, and is the goalie of the future in a division loaded with young goaltenders.
The former second-round draft pick back in 2016 has a 32-24-8 record in 70 career NHL games. He has also totaled 5 career shutouts.
This is a great signing for New Jersey, as Tom Fitzgerald worked his magic yet again. Blackwood has become a fan favorite in New Jersey. Some fans even compare his play to the play of a young Martin Brodeur, who is considered one of the best goaltenders of all time.
The New Jersey Devils have their goalie locked in for the next three seasons. Blackwood has been very impressive over his NHL career and he still has room to grow. The Devils have their franchise goalie, and fans are excited to see Blackwood in action when the NHL returns on January 13th.