Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Vince Maranto on 07/28/11 at 10:00 AM ET
Sometimes it seems like some of my friends who are Blackhawks fans aren’t happy unless that are worried about something. “Sure Corey Crawford did a great job and won the goal tending job but what about his back up?”
Relax and wait is my approach. Yes, it’s always nice to have a veteran back up, but at what price tag? There is also the factor of diminishing skills (which we saw with Marty Turco last year) When some goalies lose it, it seems to go over night. What good is having some one who is just a “name” and nothing more. Currently, Salak is listed as the number two. I’ve never even seen him play, so let’s see what he’s got.
Looking down to the AHL we have Alec Richards (I’ve gone to a few Ice Hogs games with him between the pipes and wasn’t really impressed) and Hannu Toivenen.(spell check had fun with this one). Both are younger talents, I know, but not your experienced pro.
Veteran back up goalies are like veteran back up quarterbacks in the NFL. As training camp winds down, there are always a couple let go in favor of youth. I say we let camp play out, and see what we got first. Then let’s see what becomes available. Of course, if Crawford gets hurt in the preseason, you can call me a moron (which people do anyway no matter what you write).
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