Ray Emery, Alexander Salak to battle for Blackhawks’ backup goalie
By ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org August 3, 2011 7:52PM
Updated: November 2, 2011 7:05PM
The Blackhawks like the potential of rookie goalie Alexander Salak, but they’re not about to hand a player with only two games of NHL experience the backup job behind Corey Crawford.
Instead, they’ll make him compete against veteran Ray Emery, whom general manager Stan Bowman confirmed has been invited to camp on a tryout basis.
Emery, 28, has a long injury history and was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, a hip disease, during the 2009-10 season with the Philadelphia Flyers. But he made an inspiring comeback last year with the Anaheim Ducks, posting a 7-2 record in 10 games and starting six games in the playoffs. Emery has won 93 games since debuting in 2002-03 with the Ottawa Senators, whom he backstopped to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007.
‘‘We figure it’s a good opportunity to see how he stacks up against Salak,’’ Bowman said. ‘‘He obviously had a great run last year later in the season. There were questions going into last year with how he would recover from his injury. It’s going to make for good competition.’’
If Emery wins, Salak can be sent to the Rockford IceHogs without having to clear waivers.
Bowman said Patrick Kane (broken wrist) and Bryan Bickell (severed tendon, wrist) are on track to recover from offseason surgeries by the start of camp in September.
†Hawks preseason tickets will go on sale Monday, with regular-season tickets available Aug. 22.