News:Alexander Salak was released by the Blackhawks on Monday, ESPNChicago reports.
Analysis:Alexander Salak spent the 2011-12 season playing for AHL Rockford after Ray Emery won the Blackhawks' backup goalie spot. Salak played in 21 games for the IceHogs, sporting a .903 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA.
News:Alexander Salak was returned by the Blackhawks to Rockford of the AHL on Thursday, ESPN 1000 in Chicago reports.
Analysis:Alexander Salak was called up on Wednesday after 'Hawks' backup goalie Ray Emery was ill Wednesday and Corey Crawford missed two practices earlier in the week because of a minor injury.
News: The Blackhawks recalled Alexander Salak on Wednesday, according to the team's official website reports.
Analysis:Alexander Salak was brought on as the third goalie on the Blackhawks' roster. He competed for a backup spot against Ray Emery in camp, but now it appears they will split time backing up Corey Crawford.
News:Alexander Salak was sent back to the AHL on Monday after losing the backup goalie job to Ray Emery.
Analysis:Alexander Salak gave it a good fight, but the Blackhawks decided to go with a veteran in the backup role to Corey Crawford.
News:Alexander Salak saved all eight shots he faced in Thursday's preseason game against the Penguins before giving way to Ray Emery, who surrendered four goals on 19 shots.
Analysis: This is certainly a big step in the right direction for Alexander Salak, who's trying to beat Emery out for the right to be No. 2 to Corey Crawford. The young netminder has a lot of potential and is capable of being fairly productive in the limited duty he's likely to see.
News:Alexander Salak will split time with Ray Emery for Tuesday night's preseason opener against the Oilers, Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis:Alexander Salak is considered the favorite going into the battle with Emery for the second goalie spot behind Corey Crawford.
News:Alexander Salak is focused on winning the back-up job in Chicago over Ray Emery, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Analysis: He has already left the Czech Republic and settled in Chicago where he's working with team trainers to be ready for camp in mid-September. He wants to win the job over Emery, who clearly has the better credentials, but will report to the AHL IceHogs if he loses the battle. "What happens will happen," said Alexander Salak. "I'm just going to work hard and try to stop pucks. All the other things don't bother me." He has solid upside but the battle will be a tough one.
News: Salak signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on Friday for $600,000 a year, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: The contract makes him the favorite to backup Corey Crawford who signed a three-year contract extension Thursday. The Blackhawks are not expected to bring back Marty Turco. Salak was acquired along with Michael Frolik from the Panthers for Jack Skille and other prospects in February. In 2010-11 Salak skated in the Swedish Elite League, appearing in 32 games and recording seven shutouts, a 1.97 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He appeared in two games with the Panthers in 2009-10. He signed a one-way contract which means he will be paid his salary if he plays in the NHL or the AHL for the Rockford IceHogs.
News: Salak was sent to the Blackhawks in the Michael Frolik trade, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: The inclusion of Salak is a little surprising only because of the recent news regarding Jacob Markstrom's knee injury, though Salak wasn't going to provide any help for the Panthers this year.
News:Scott Clemmensen subbed for injured Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun for the second straight night on Thursday against the Capitals, but was quickly pulled from a 6-2 loss. Vokoun was struck in the head by teammate Keith Ballad's stick on Monday and stitches were required to repair a gash in his left ear. Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann scored midway through the first for a 2-0 lead, sending Clemmensen to the bench in favor of backup Alexander Salak. Salak then finished the game and made 29 saves on 33 shots.
Analysis: Salak made his NHL debut earlier this season and allowed five goals in a relief role against the Hurricanes. He has been biding his time in the AHL, but he will be back in the minors as soon as Vokoun is healthy. He is not a recommended Fantasy option.
News: Florida recalled C Jeff Taffe, C Mike Duco and G Alexander Salak from Rochester (AHL) and reassigned C Shawn Matthias and LW Steve MacInytre.
Analysis: It's surprising Florida sent MacInytre to the minors since he has been a solid presence as an enforcer since joining the team a few weeks ago. He is likely back with the Panthers in the coming weeks, if not days, so he is still a viable Fantasy flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM when active. Taffe, Duco, Salak and Matthias remain more of organizational depth and can be left alone in Fantasy until further notice.
News: The Panthers sent G Alexander Salak down to the AHL on Saturday.
Analysis: Salak is an undrafted free agent that is in his first season of North American hockey. He has experience playing in the FNL (Finland), but is merely third on the Panthers depth chart. Continue to ignore him in Fantasy.
News: Panthers G Tomas Vokoun was chased from Friday's 7-2 loss to the Hurricanes. Vokoun fell behind early as Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Vokoun managed 21 saves before being chased from the game after Matt Cullen's score made it 5-1 barely 90 seconds into the third period. Things didn't go much better for backup Alexander Salak. He gave up goals to Rod Brind'Amour and Jay Harrison just 19 seconds apart in the final minutes. He made three saves.
Analysis: Salak is an undrafted free agent that is in his first season of North American hockey. He has experience playing in the FNL (Finland), but is merely third on the Panthers depth chart. He is just filling in for Scott Clemmensen, who is on a personal leave. Salak will be back in the minors shortly, so ignore him in Fantasy.