Report: Blackhawks waive goalie prospect Alexander Salak
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT firstname.lastname@example.org June 16, 2012 10:24AM
Updated: June 16, 2012 5:27PM
The Blackhawks reportedly are set to cut ties with minor-league goalie Alexander Salak.
The CBC reported Friday that the team placed Salak on waivers.
Salak, 25, came to the Hawks along with Michael Frolik in a February 2011 trade with the Florida Panthers for forward Jack Skille and minor-leaguers Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.
The Hawks gave Salak, a former standout in the Swedish Elite League, a serious look as Corey Crawford’s backup during training camp last season before going with veteran Ray Emery.
Salak struggled with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League, going 6-10-0 with a .903 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against average in 21 games. He lost the starting job to Carter Hutton after injuring his left leg in early December.
Asked in April to comment on the strengths of the Hawks’ farm system, Bowman made no mention of the Czech Republic native, whose only NHL experience is two games with the Panthers in 2009.
Bowman made a point of praising Hutton’s progress.
“Kind of the surprise of the group down there [in Rockford] was Carter Hutton in goal,” Bowman said. “He really gave [the IceHogs] a strong foundation night-in, night-out the second half of the season, and they made a strong push and Carter was a strong part of that. We’re excited about his potential.”
Salak has one year left on a two-year, $1.25 million contract.