The Chicago Blackhawks signed former Rochester Americans goalie Alexander Salak to a two year one way contract worth approximately $1.2 million. Â It’s still possible Salak will play in the American Hockey League on a one way contract but it means he’ll be paid NHL cash if he does.
Yes, this news is about a month old but someone asked me over the weekend where Salak was playing so I decided to take a minute to post.
Last season SalakÂ played for Farjestad BK in the Swedish Elite League. He ranked second in the league with a 1.97 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. Â When he played for the Amerks during the 2009-2010 season he was a fan favorite with his Dominik Hasek style of play. Â Teams quickly seemed to figure him out and his stats went downhill thanks to the Florida Panthers not providing him with a full time goalie coach (at least in my opinion).
Salak had been loaned to Farjestad BK of theÂ Swedish Elite League for the 2010-11 seasonÂ by the Florida Panthers before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 9, 2011. Â The Panthers had also sent Michael Frolik to the Blackhawks in exchange for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pecan. Â There was little room in the Panthers system since Jacob Markstrom is considered the “goalie of the future” for the Panthers.