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Chicago Blackhawks Playing for a New Contract This Season

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 1: Goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks stretches across the crease to make a glove save during second period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on April 1, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 1: Goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks stretches across the crease to make a glove save during second period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on April 1, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Corey Crawford / Robin Lehner

This is a story in itself. The Chicago Blackhawks have two goalies this year with a combined salary of $11 million. It is not very often that your “backup goalie” makes $5 million a year.

Lehner is not your average backup goalie though. The Blackhawks biggest competition for a contract is prevalent from their two goalies.

Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner are both playing on expiring contracts. Crawford is one of the most legendary goalies in Blackhawks’ franchise history. He has won 2 Stanley Cups with the club and has earned respect throughout the league.

Lehner also has a great pedigree in the NHL, he won the Masterton Trophy last year for his skill in net. If the ‘Hawks want to succeed years from now, they might want to take Lehner on as their starting goalie of the future.

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Corey Crawford has had his fair share of injuries the last few seasons, and honestly, his career might be coming to an end soon.

Lehner, on the other hand, is only 28 years old. He still has a lot of hockey in front of him and is yet to win big in the league.

The great thing about hockey and this league is the fact that all of these players essentially control their destiny.

All of the Blackhawks on expiring contracts can play their way to more money. Make sure you keep these players in mind when you watch them compete this season! There is a lot of money on the line.

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