Today, long-time Chicago Blackhawk and recently signed New Jersey Devils Goaltender Corey Crawford has announced his retirement from the NHL. On October 9th 2020, Corey Crawford signed a 2-year contract with the Devils. It would be Crawford’s first time playing for another NHL team after his 13 seasons in Chicago. Crawford is 35 years old and won 2 Stanley cups with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. Crawford’s retirement is coming as a surprise.
After attending the Devils media day and the first few days of training camp, Crawford would miss the next 4 practices. On January 8th, the Devils released a statement regarding the issue and said that Crawford would be taking an “indefinite leave of absence” for “personal reasons.” The next day Crawford officially announced his retirement, “I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living. I wanted to continue my career, but believe I’ve given all I can to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire…”
In spite of the sudden choice to end his career, Crawford has had an impressive NHL career. He finishes his career with 488 games played and a record of 260 wins, 162 losses, and 53 OT/SO losses. Also finishing with a 2.45 GAA and .918 SV% and most importantly, 2 Stanley cups. Crawford also won the William J. Jennings trophy in the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 seasons. Crawford’s career will be remembered as a Chicago Blackhawk.
How Crawford’s Retirement Will Affect The Devils
The announcement comes as a huge shock to the Devils and the hockey world. Now, the Devils could be in search of a new goaltending option. Subsequently, Mackenzie Blackwood will be the Devils starting goalie. Scott Wedgewood is the most likely back-up option for the Devils. However, the Devils must carry 3 goaltenders during this season. Goaltenders Gilles Senn and Evan Cormier will be needed in the AHL in February, and might not be a good option for the Devils. Therefore, it is highly likely that the Devils will look for another option around the league.
Crawford’s retirement is definitely not something the Devils or their fans wanted to hear, but the most important aspect is that Crawford is okay. Congrats on an amazing career Corey! We wish we could have seen you play for the Devils.