Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman announced Thursday that the team will not be re-signing Corey Crawford. The 35-year-old goaltender is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.
"It was a bit of an emotional talk," Bowman said. "Corey and I go back a long time. He's up there with the legends of the Blackhawks. Corey stands tall as a two-time Cup champion."
Crawford is the franchise leader in postseason wins (52) and the only goaltender in Blackhawks history with multiple Stanley Cups. Only Tony Esposito (418) and Glenn Hall (276) have more wins in a Chicago sweater than Crawford (260).
Crawford had a 260-162-53 record with a 2.45 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 26 shutouts in 488 appearances across 14 NHL seasons. He also went 52-42 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and five shutouts in 96 playoff tilts.
Crawford was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 52 overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.