New Jersey Devils goaltender Corey Crawford is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team for personal reasons. Crawford has missed the last five days of training camp after he signed with the Devils this offseason. The goaltender is on a two-year deal worth 7.8 million.
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Crawford did participate in the Devil’s first two days of camp before his departure. When Devils players were asked about Crawford the theme was that he needs space. It is a personal issue that he needs to deal with among his family.
“Obviously, no one knows himself better than he does, so obviously we want him to be part of this team, but I think going forward, he’s got to make that decision. I think he can take all the time he needs. We want him here.” – Travis Zajac
Hopefully, everything is all right with Crow and he will be on the ice as soon as possible. The 36-year-old former Blackhawk is a two time Stanley Cup champion. This will be Crawford’s first season with another team after 14 seasons in Chicago. In Crawford’s absence, the Devil’s will look to 24-year-old MacKenzie Blackwood to carry the load in between the pipes.