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Today was also Crawford’s day with the Cup

Sep 2, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

It’s plausible that Sept. 2, 2013 might go down as the best day of Corey Crawford‘s life.

Sure, actually winning the Stanley Cup was probably a big deal. Still, chew on this: he enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup while signing a whopping six year, $36 million contract on Monday.

Keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard shared some photos of the event, including this photo of Crawford with his family, including an infant laying in the treasured trophy:


Here’s one with Crawford, the Cup and the William Jennings GAA Trophy:


Finally, here’s a shot of Crawford signing photos for fans and locals. (Too bad it wasn’t a shot of him signing that meaty extension …)


It’s likely that the 28-year-old might argue with the notion that today could be the best day of his existence. It must be in the top 10, though, right?

  1. kingsfan93 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Not to sound bitter, but Crawford to me is over-rated with over protective gear to help him that much more. One good season doesn’t prove him. He has to prove he can be that #1 guy in net season after season.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      If he didn’t prove himself to you this year, I’d say it’s likely there is nothing he can do to achieve this feat. My guess is you will always find a way to write off his achievements … pull the carrot a little further from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      … oh,and you DEFINITELY sound bitter.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      The goalies all wear the same gear so…..

    • blomfeld - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      We hear you friend, however …

      Crawford is an excellent goaltender and they did defeat us, as much as I hate to admit that, scandals and asterisks notwithstanding. And you can tell from these photographs that he’s obviously a ‘good’ person with sound values. Nonetheless, we now have a ‘full’ 82 x game campaign before us and everyone from here to Turkmenistan knows what happened the last time that had that eh ? :)


      • butterflysave - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        Last time there was an 82 game season, the Kings barely made it to the playoffs. This year is actually going to be longer than that with the Olympics. What happened last time they had to play Olympic hockey during an 82 game season?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        At what point does a season or record merit an asterisk? In what % of the fan’s minds? writers?

        What If they’d played 64?

        Why would this year not also have it’s own asterisk – not only were the playoffs later due to the shortened season, it also has the Olympics.

        Bottom line is “asterisk declaration” is entirely subjective and subject the the biases of the perceiver.

        If you look at the records for highest % of points, the top 5 or 6 are short seasons. The NHL counts them, asterisk free.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    He showed a great rookie season , he hasn’t been consistent though until this season , I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a great year this year

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Someone who does not follow the Hawks carefully would likely not know this, but during the season, Cory credited Ray Emery, his Jennings trophy partner, specifically helping him with his preparation this year.

  4. s2mikey - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Good for him. Goalies are wise to cash in quick since they always tend to disappear shortly after a big contract gets signed or they win the cup. Boston just threw a ton of money at Raask and he looked terrible during the cup run. What were they thinking? Crawford is decent but not a top goalie. Offense wins championships these days in the NHL. Alls you need is an average net minder. Then, you surround them with quality forwards that can score goals. Simple formula.

    • butterflysave - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Stankos & St. Louis agree. How is that working out for those guys?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Ah, great example of someone’s opinion/agenda/presuppositional thinking trying to triumph over facts. Rask had the best save % of all starting goalies during the playoffs – .940. If that was terrible, I’d really wonder what would it take to make OK in your mind.

      After Rask came a group tightly bunched statistically – Lundqvist, Quick, Vokoun (started the majority), Crawford and Neimi at .934 to .940.

      And those were against the top clubs in the NHL. Two of the three Vezina finalists in the group. Several who will be starting for their countries Olympic team this winter. The unfortunate thing for the Finns is that only one will start, as they are both very worthy.

      How’d you team’s goalie do?

    • butterflysave - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Really, if average goaltending and scoring forwards was the formula, Pittsburgh should have been a lock for the cup. Never mind the Caps.

      Here’s the real deal: the Blackhawks organ-I-zation has a history with goaltenders that includes names like Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito. Dominik Hasak lost his job to a guy named Eddie Belfour while they were both Blackhawks. Antii Niemi is now considered “elite” when the year before and even during the cup run of 2010 he was considered “average” and had to fight for his job. Throw in a guy like Nikolai Khabibulin, and if there’s one position where the Blackhawks know how to pick the right guy, I’m saying it’s Goaltender. And the couple times you can point to bad signings (Huet & Turco), they didn’t jump in with long term deals on any of those guys. Even Ray Emery, a guy who had taken the Flames to the Cup, was a short term play for the Hawks.

      So, credit Scotty/Stan Bowman for signing him, and don’t forget to credit Stephan Waite for brining Crawford to where he is today – an Elite goaltender. Remember that next time Jonathan Quick gives up a goal on the glove side off a cheap wrister from the slot by a guy like Seabrook.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Good response – sounds like you’ve been a fan for a long time as well (Don’t hear too many speak of Hall and Tony E). I had a rather “privilaged youth”. No yachts, no trust fund – but my dad did take me to see not only those two, but of course the golden jet, Stan Mikita, Eric Nesterenko.

        I’m also amazed when apparant “Hawks enviers” toss out the bandwagon label.

  5. butterflysave - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Even in the “dark years” the Blackhawks had goaltenders like Jocylyn Thibault and Murray Bannermann (BANNER—MANN witht the save!!). But those were the years when Alexei Zhamnov was going to be their top scoring forward, and Tuommo Ruutu and Kyle Calder were our stud rookies and Tony Amonte lost his childhood linemate, Jeremy Roenick, because Bill Wirtz was cheaper than any owner in professional hockey and had Senior Vice-Impediment Bob Pulford was running interference and firing coaches every 2 years so he could get some thrills going behind the bench again. When everybody and their brother was sending scouts to follow the Red Wings scouting guys out to the Scandanavian countries, Bill Wirtz wouldn’t hear of buying that plane ticket. Wasn’t until they promoted Dale Tallon to the GM role that they finally started finding and developing young talent again and picking up some solid hockey players on the cheap (Sharpie comes to mind). Dale Tallon is a genius. So is Scotty Bowman. I look for Florida to be a decent team in 4 years if they don’t fire Dale. I look for the Hawks to be a cup contender for another 4-5 barring lots of injuries.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Big difference in their tenures was their management of cap, but maybe SB was influended by the mess he inherited, and maybe DT learned from it.

      Both made good personel decisions with the Hawks.

  6. tas750 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Crawford’s 6 million per year club includes: Fleury & Price who got pulled during playoffs and the likes of Smith, Lehtonen, Rinne & Miller who did NOT make playoffs. If your calling any of them “elite” then you had better add Crow! Btw blomfeld……Elvis sucks

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