According to Tim Wharnsby of CBC, the Blackhawks placed goaltender Alexander Salak on waivers today.
A roster move concerning a goalie was inevitable for the organization. They just have too many netminders currently under contract. The others are Corey Crawford, Ray Emery, Alec Richards, and rookies Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson; Carter Hutton is a restricted free agent this summer. If someone claims Salak and frees up a roster spot, that could open the door for some interesting goaltending combinations–that would involve one, if not both, of Carruth and Simpson–in the minors, especially if Hutton doesn’t get offered a new contract.
Salak appeared in 21 games for the IceHogs in 2011-12, going 6-10-0-0 with a goals against average of 2.69 and a save percentage of .903.
The year was up and down for Salak once he was sent to Rockford before the beginning of the season. He dropped his first three starts with the club before getting his first victory with the team on November 9th in Grand Rapids. He also missed some time with the club in late October due to his wife giving birth to their first child. Then there was the 7-6 overtime loss on November 11th in Peoria when the 6-foot-1, 189 pound netminder threw his stick at the ref after he was interfered with on the game-winning goal. Not long after that, Salak missed just over two months after he was injured on December 2nd in a home game against Lake Erie with a lower body injury.
During Salak’s absence, Hutton had solidly taken over the reins as the No. 1 goaltender as the team made a push for the playoffs. Salak made his return in a 2-1 win over the Wolves on February 10th. Things took another tumble for the Czech Republic native when he pulled himself out of a game in mid-February in Hamilton after giving up three goals in 38 seconds late in the 3rd period. The team had been up 2-1 with under four minutes to play, but dropped the decision 5-2. Consequently, Salak didn’t see much ice time down the stretch. His last start of the year on April 13th against Milwaukee went very well as he backstopped Rockford to a 2-1 shootout win, where he stopped 15 of 16 shots and four of the five Admirals shooters in the skills competition.