New Jersey Devils goalkeeper Corey Crawford is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, the team announced Friday.
Crawford has not practiced since the training camp opened for the team last week. His absence was previously described by coach Lindy Ruff as “maintenance days”, before the team was taking individual days on Wednesday and Thursday.
“We need to give him his place,” Devils veteran forward Travis Zajac told reporters on Thursday. “Obviously, no one knows himself better than this, so obviously we want him to be a part of this team, but I think he will move on, he has to make that decision. I think he will The time can be taken according to your need. ” Him here. “
The 36-year-old Crawford signed a two-year deal with the Devils, with an annual value of $ 3.9 million on average. He was the Chicago Blackhawk’s starting goalkeeper since 2010-11 – and helped two to the Stanley Cup Championship – but the team decided not to re-sign him this offseason.
The Devils needed an experienced goalkeeper after purchasing Corey Schneider, and Crawford was due to share the net with 24-year-old McKenzie Blackwood, who was awarded a $ 8.4 million contract for three years before training camp began.
New Jersey has three other goals on its camp roster: Scott Wedgewood (24 games of NHL experience), Giles Cern (two games of NHL experience) and Evan Cormier (0 games of NHL experience).
Crawford finished his Blackhawks career third in franchise history with 260 career wins, surpassing Tony Esposito and Glenn Hall. Crosford is the Blackhawks’ franchise leader in postseason wins (52) and the only goalscorer in team history with multiple Stanley Cups.