Devils re-sign Mackenzie Blackwood to three-year deal

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The Devils officially have their goaltending duo.

Restricted free agent goalie Mackenzie Blackwood signed a new three-year contract with a $2.8 million average annual value, the team announced Wednesday. The 24-year-old will make $1.475 million in the first year of his deal before it increases to $2.8 million in 2021-22 and $4.125 million in 2022-23.

“Mackenzie is going to be one of the key young, core pieces for this organization for a long time and we are excited and extremely happy to have him under contract,” general manager Tom Fitzgerald said in a statement. “He’s obviously shown that he can be a number one goalie, and the sky’s the limit for him.”

The Devils’ 42nd-overall pick in 2015 appeared in 47 games for the Devils during the 2019-20 season, posting a 22-14-8 record and a .915 save percentage. He primarily split games with Louis Domingue and Cory Schneider, who is reportedly on the verge of signing with the Islanders after he was waived by the Devils.

But Blackwood is widely considered to be the No. 1 netminder, especially after he finished in sixth place in the Calder Trophy voting for the league’s Rookie of the Year last season. He has accumulated a .916 save percentage and five shutouts in 70 career games over parts of the past two seasons in New Jersey.

Blackwood is expected to share the crease with veteran Corey Crawford, who signed a two-year contract worth $7.8 million with the Devils in October after 13 decorated years with the Blackhawks. In 2019-20, Crawford had a .917 save percentage in 40 starts for Chicago.

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