The team announced on Friday that due to personal reasons, New Jersey Devils goalkeeper Corey Crawford will take an indefinite vacation.
Crawford hasn’t practiced since the training camp started last week. Coach Lindy Ruff first described his absence as a “maintenance day”, and then the team stated that he would take a vacation on Wednesday and Thursday.
Demon veteran forward Travis Zajac told reporters on Thursday: “We need to leave room for him.” “Obviously, no one knows himself better than him, so it is clear that we want him to be A member of this team, but I think he must make a decision in the future. I think he can spend all his time. We want him to be here.”
Crawford, 36, signed a two-year contract with the Devil in the past offseason, with an average annual value of $3.9 million. Since the 2010-11 season, he has been the starting goalkeeper for the Chicago Blackhawks and helped them win two Stanley Cup titles. But the team decided not to renew his contract during the offseason.
The Devil needed a senior goalkeeper after buying out Corey Schneider, and Crawford was supposed to share the net with the 24-year-old Mackenzie Blackwood, who had a share of the net before the start of the training camp. In three years, a contract worth 8.4 million USD was re-signed.
There are three other goalkeepers on the New Jersey camp list: Scott Wedgwood (24 games with NHL experience), Giles Senn (2 games with NHL experience) and Evan Cormier ( 0 NHL experience).
Crawford ended his career with the Blackhawks with 260 career victories, ranking third in franchise history, second only to Tony Esposito and Glen Hall. Crawford is the franchise manager of the Blackhawks in the playoffs (52) and is the only goalkeeper in team history with multiple Stanley Cups.