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07-23-2011, 11:28 PM
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Dread Clawz
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Salak could have backed Markstrom up or been loaned to another ahl club. The Panthers thought it would be best for his development to play in Europe. Salak said the Panthers wanted him to play there.

It takes many years for a goalie to hone his technique. Salak is already 25 or whatever he is so he's behind the eight ball big time in that regard. And then add more years to get used to north american hockey coming from europe. Its not a matter of when he gets the technical stuff down, its more like if. Salak was signed before Chicago traded Campbell to free up cap space. Im not saying their cap issue was the only reason they comitted to him as the backup, but it certainly could have expedited his path to the nhl.

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