As it turns out, the New Jersey Devils had an ace in the hole when signing Corey Crawford this offseason: one of his childhood idols. In a feature for NHL.com, Crawford says he got a call from Devils great Martin Brodeur.
"He was one of my favorite goalies growing up," Crawford said via NHL.com, "It was cool to get a call from him and him just saying that he liked my game, and he really felt that I could and can help the team. He really wanted me to come to Jersey. So, I mean to hear that from one of the legends. That means a lot."
After that, Crawford said it didn’t take much time for him to officially join the Devils.
"Things went really quick. And you know, I was happy to be able to get a good spot, with a good, talented, young team like Jersey - a team with an exciting future."
While Crawford is a highly decorated goalie in his own right, Brodeur stands in a league of his own. He has the most goalie wins in the history of the league with 691-- a full 140 ahead of Patrick Roy who is in second place. He also holds the record for most shutouts at 125.
Brodeur also won the Jennings trophy five times, and the Vezina trophy four times. Crawford has won the Jennings trophy twice.
But Crawford only has to win one Cup in New Jersey to tie Brodeur at three apiece.
Currently the Blackhawks have goalies Collin Delia, Malcolm Subban and Kevin Lankinen under contract.