Alexander Salak, Chicago Agree To A Deal (2 Years, $600K Per)
Friday, May 20, 2011
Posted: 3:02 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
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
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.
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.