Blackhawks: Corey Crawford could be done after 2020 in Chicago

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The first name that could be a possibility is Thomas Greiss. He’s finishing up a deal with the New York Islanders, and with Semyon Varlamov signed there, Griess might be looking to test free agency.

Griess has been good, but not stellar, which is probably why the Islanders will likely be leaning on Varlamov as their starter.

The thing is, Griess still put up decent numbers this year. In 31 games his save % was .913. Crawford’s was .917 in 40 games. Also, CapFriendly has Griess making a little over 3 million/year right now, which is less than Crawford’s current deal. Would Crow take half his current salary to stick around?

I’m not so sure he’d be willing to take that kind of “home town discount”.

The two netminders are only a year apart (Griess is a year younger), and talented players.

If the salary cap comes down, and Griess wants a new club, then Chicago could be a great fit. Greiss’ career save % is .915. To compare with Crawford again, Crow’s career average is .918. Chicago currently has a slightly better goalie in Crawford, but they also have a more expensive player that they might not be able to afford.