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05-20-2011, 03:45 PM
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Alexander Salak, Chicago Agree To A Deal (2 Years, $600K Per)

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Friday, May 20, 2011
Posted: 3:02 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed backup goaltender Alexander Salak to a two-way, two-year deal, according to a report.

The deal, first reported by ESPNChicago.com, will pay Salak $600,000 per season. There has not yet been an official announcement from the team regarding the deal.

Salak was acquired in February, along with Michael Frolik, from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jack Skille and other players in the Blackhawks' system.

Salak's deal comes one day after the Blackhawks signed No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford to a three-year deal worth $8 million. Asked Thursday about Salak's coming over from Sweden to be Crawford's backup, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said "we're working on that right now. Our priority was to get the No. 1 guy signed but Alex will be in North America next year. He has a bright future as well."

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Alexander Salak
http://www.csnchicago.com/05/20/11/B...309&feedID=625


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now if we can sign frolik for 2-4yrs @ <1.8 we'll be in business.

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...was really hoping to use this when Crawford re-signed. But that contract wasn't enough to my liking.

600K is a great deal for us, especially if we expect him to play as our back up this year or next.

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05-20-2011, 04:06 PM
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man, and everyone on here basically had it as a foregone conclusion he'd be ~900k a year. If crawford plays well, 3.3mil tied up for both our goalies is pretty damn good.

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The players that just got here take discounts, the ones that came up with the team hold out for every last dollar.

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now if we can sign frolik for 2-4yrs @ <1.8 we'll be in business.
Right, Frolik deal is going to be the key to the off season now. If he can be had at a good price, it really gives Bowman some flexibility with the roster.

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The players that just got here take discounts, the ones that came up with the team hold out for every last dollar.
Well, if you think about it, it makes sense. Salak was probably happy just to get out of the panther's system and he probably saw what the hawks were able to get from guys with little-no expectations(niemi, crawford) and figured this move could only help his career since he's still young. Yea, he MAY have been able to get more money elsewhere, but he also could have done irreparable harm to his rep if he didn't immediately live up to expectations.

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The salary seems like a calculated risk on Salak's behalf - low enough where his chances of making the big club are heightened because other back-up goaltenders the Hawks would have interest in may not accept a comparable salary, and the Hawks may not have the space for that slight wiggle-room.

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Watch him win that starting job. He has such an advantage peering around screens with that neck.

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Watch him win that starting job. He has such an advantage peering around screens with that neck.

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Good to hear and know we're set for goaltending for at least 2 years. Now onto Frolik!

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I'm really not kidding all that much.
Haha! That neck is something else... I could actually see him having some sort of weird advantage too. I wonder if he wears a neckguard or one of those plastic things to protect his throat?

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http://www.svenskafans.com/hockeyzon...lak_56271.aspx

check the link out for a view of his lengthy neck....kid has talent I watched some online games after the FLA trade....

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check the link out for a view of his lengthy neck....kid has talent I watched some online games after the FLA trade....
Wow...I had no idea his Längd was 186 and his Vikt was 86!!!!

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Wow great job Stan! Great money and term. Could be a steal of a contract for these two years. We needed a good deal for our backup.

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Wow great job Stan! Great money and term. Could be a steal of a contract for these two years. We needed a good deal for our backup.
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If salak can play ~20 games and be effective, this is a GREAT contract.

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check the link out for a view of his lengthy neck....kid has talent I watched some online games after the FLA trade....
wow, that's freakish. He looks like a chess piece.

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Wow...I had no idea his Längd was 186 and his Vikt was 86!!!!
Yeah but 50 of that längd is neck.

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Wow...I had no idea his Längd was 186 and his Vikt was 86!!!!


I think this thread has some serious photoshop potential.

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There really can be no other nickname.

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There really can be no other nickname.
what about "the emu" or "the ostrich"?

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I like this contract. better than I thought. Well done Stan.


need a photoshop.

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