Thread: Confirmed with Link: Blackhawks sign G Antti Raanta
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06-03-2013, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Sevanston View Post
I'm also starting to wonder how much Bowman is actually tipping his hand on next year's goalie plans.

When we got Salak, another promising young European goalie that we all thought would be the backup for sure, Bowman made sure he had to compete for the spot by signing Emery.

Even if Emery isn't coming back next year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Bowman sign someone else just to make sure Raanta has to earn his NHL time.
The Blackhawks were able to do that because Emery was on a tryout. I'm guessing that Salak would have been the backup to start the season if the Blackhawks had been forced to give Emery an actual contract in order to get him into camp. Is there a goalie that will be in a similar situation this offseason?

I would guess that the plan is for Raanta to backup Crawford.

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