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Roster down to 26

The Blackhawks have announced their roster is now down to 26. This includes 16 forwards, 8 defensemen, and two goaltenders. Yes, 2 goaltenders…and the winner is..both, sort of. The Hawks have agreed to terms with Ray Emery, and have assigned Alexander Salak to Rockford. Ray Emery has signed a one year contract—lot’s of those with the Hawks this year. The details are one year at $600K. Salak will be the Ice Hogs number one goalie, for now. General Manager and Vice President,  Stan Bowman had this to say,

“We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp, Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.”

Again, to review, Emery was brought here on a PTO (professional try out) after playing last year with the Ducks. He spent the year before with the Flyers and was between the pipes for Ottawa from 2002 - 2008. His hip reconstruction surgery sidelined as was stated in an earlier blog. He has 20 wins in 36 career appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which includes backstopping the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. Ray had a 7-2-0 record, 2.28 GAA and .926 save percentage in 10 regular-season games with the Ducks last year.

Alexander Salak was acquired with Micheal Frolik (pretty good deal, if you ask me) from Florida, towards the end of last season. He played in the Swedish Elite League last year and had very good numbers.Salak ranked second in the league with a 1.97 GAA and .926 save percentage in 33 regular-season games. He is no stranger, however to the AHL. He played during the 2009-10 season, and was named an American Hockey League All-Star. He had a a 29-14-0 record and a .910 save percentage over 50 games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans..

I’m happy it worked out this way. It was the scenario I had blogged about (with posters telling me that it could never happen due to contract issues—again answering the question why I don’t respond to some ridiculous comments) when Emery first got here. I wish them both well. Salak will be the longer term answer, but Emery and his experience fit well for now.

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