Mackenzie Blackwood

Devils re-sign RFA Blackwood to set up strong tandem in net for 2021.

On Wednesday morning the New Jersey Devils announced the club has signed restricted free agent goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to a three-year, $8.4 million contract ($2.8 million AAV).

Blackwood, 24, was originally a second round pick (42nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He posted a 22-14-8 record with a .915 save percentage and three shutouts in 47 games last season.

Earlier this offseason the Devils brought in an established champion to share the load between the pipes with Blackwood. Corey Crawford joined the Devils on a two-year, $7.8 million deal after 15 years in the Blackhawks organization where he was part of two Stanley Cup winning teams (2013, 2015).

While the two will share time in net, it might be hard for Blackwood to compete with Crawford when it comes to mask art. Crawford’s new mask was revealed on Twitter recently, and he certainly has taken to the Devils moniker.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.