Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement! Jimmy Howard, at roughly the same age has three seasons with a save % of > .920 as a starter. Crawford has one and got $700k more. Carey Price is a 26 year old with a longer and better track record than Corey and a lot worse team. Let me say this again, this isn't a discussion where parody is a valid argument. Just because other goalies are getting huge terrible deals that have stopped them from improving their teams and retaining their own talent, doesn't mean we should jump right into the same pool. Teams have always been paying goalies a lot of money, it just so happens one of those teams hasn't won a Cup. It has always been, and always will be about the 18 skaters in front of the goalie and their affect on him. Crawford's D took a huge step back in 11-12, and so did he, his D (including backchecking forwards) took a tremendous step forward this season and so did he. It's good to have a goalie that can play up to the level of talent in front of him, he's also shown he can play down to their level, and it's not great to limit possibilities to keep those 18 in front of him by spending huge cash on him. Especially, before he has truly proven himself a consistent NHL goalie. You don't have to let him walk. If he steps up and proves himself again, you pay the same terrible open market price you just paid him for a contract starting when he turns 30. Much like Niemi, Raanta is only unproven in NA, and there's Mac and Kent getting to the age where they are ready to start getting time. Those aren't your only options, either, there's more than a few goalies in the league who could hold their own behind this team and even more willing to put themselves in that situation to earn big open market bucks.