The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the signing of goaltender Corey Crawford to a six-year contract. It is reportedly worth $36  million.

Blackhawks ink Corey Crawford to a 6-year extension.

Blackhawks ink Corey Crawford to a 6-year extension.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, it’s Labour Day, there’s not supposed to be any contract signings on Labour Day! 

Anyway, Crawford’s new deal is worth an average annual cap hit of $6 million, and will take effect in 2014-15. It’s a substantial raise above the $2.667 million per season of his previous contract, and indicative of the trust he earned for carrying the Blackhawks to the 2013 Stanley Cup championship. 

Such a pay raise, however, comes with heightened expectations for Crawford, who’s had a good NHL career to date, but has yet to truly establish himself among the league’s elite goaltenders. Consistency has been an issue for Crawford, even during last spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

 Still, if the 28-year-old carries over last season’s strong performance over the course of this new contract, it’ll be money well-spent for the Blackhawks.