The trading away of Jack Skille just keep getting better and better.
Not only did the Blackhawks get Michael Frolik who is a much better player then Skille is they also got the Corey Crawford's potential backup in the deal.
Goaltender Alexander Salak has agreed to a two year, one way, deal with the Hawks worth about $600,000 per season. What that means is he will earn the same amount if he plays for the Hawks or for the AHL Rockford Icehogs.
Salak, 24 and won't turn 25 till January, will most likely be given the first shot at being the backup for the recently resigned Corey Crawford. Alexander made his NHL debut back in 2009 with the Panthers. He has appeared in two games both in relief. This past season when the Hawks acquired his rights he was on loan to Farjestad BK which is in the Swedish Elite League. It is the same league that Marcus Kruger was playing in before he joined the Hawks late in the year.
One thing this basically does guarantee is the end of the Marty Turco era in Chicago. I would be very surprised if the veteran was resigned by the team unless the price is right. The price would probably have to be close to $600,000-800,000 but I suspect Turco might get a shot at more many and playing time elsewhere.
Salak's main competion for the backup job will most likely be Hannu Toivonen, 26, who has been in the system for a few years but he is currently an unrestricted free agent that would need to be resigned. Besides Hannu none of the other prospects in the system are probably ready for the backup job so maybe if Toivonen isn't resigned they might go with a cheap vet who might not mind spending the season in Rockford if Salak wins the job.
Either way it is much nicer having to worry about who is going to win the backup job rather then in the past few years wondering who is going to be the eventual starter.