Blackhawks: Breaking down the contract of each free agent

Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

Corey Crawford

Corey Crawford is in an interesting spot. There isn’t much room for negotiations, as, in this situation, we have $3,877,915 left to spend. Does that all go to Crawford? I’m not sure.

If Crawford will take a hometown discount and stay for 2-years and take $3,000,000 per year, he stays. If he expects to be paid the same amount that he was this year ($6,000,000), let him walk. If Crawford leaves, Collin Delia moves up to Chicago and they have $3,877,915 to spend on another goalie in free agency.

The two options they have to split time with Delia is Michael Condon or Jacob Markstrom to take over as their starter. There will be a year or two with growing pains with Delia and eventually Kevin Lankenin, but they’re cheap right now and under contract. That has to be something the team is looking at.

My hope is they sign Markstrom to a 2-year deal, worth $6,000,000 ($3,000,000 AAV). I believe the team could ride Markstrom for a playoff run, while Delia gets more used to the play in the NHL. Condon is fine, but he isn’t a guy to rely on keeping the team alive throughout a playoff run. I have more faith in Markstrom.

So, Corey Crawford will most likely be out of Chicago, but he did some great things for the team. Hockey is a business and Crawford has had a winning record in a few years now. It’s time to move on.