Corey Crawford was ‘devastated’ before signing with Devils

The Devils got better in net on Friday, signing two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Corey Crawford to a two-year contract.

Crawford, the Blackhawks’ starter since 2010, will earn an average of $3.9 million, the team announced, and is expected to split time with young netminder Mackenzie Blackwood.

“It’s a group that I feel really confident in going to and help them win games,” Crawford told reporters on Saturday. “It’s an underrated team… I was pretty devastated to get the news about not returning to Chicago. That’s all I’ve known in my career… It turned into excitement. I talked to [the Devils] the most. It’s an up and coming team.”

The 35-year-old Crawford replaces Corey Schneider, who the team bought out earlier in the week. He leaves the Blackhawks third in franchise history in wins with 260, their leader in playoff wins with 52 and the only goalie to win more than one Stanley Cup (2013 and ’15) .

Blackwood, 23, went 22-14-8 with a respectable .915 save percentage last season with the Devils, who did not qualify for the playoffs.

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