The Chicago Blackhawks spent the 2011-12 season deploying Corey Crawford and Ray Emery in net. The goaltender that was the "number one" starter by definition was simply whichever netminder had the hot hand at the time. It has been a shaky system at times but ultimately it has been one that has worked, carrying Chicago to yet another playoff berth.
As a result, the Blackhawks have decided to reward Emery for his hard work by giving him a one-year, $1.15 million extension as reported by Sporting News.
With Emery signed for 2012-13 and Crawford signed through the 2013-14 season, it appears the Blackhawks are willing to have another goalie carousel for at least one more season, barring any major injuries or trades.
Emery was signed by Chicago prior to the 2011-12 season on an inexpensive one-year, $600,000 contract. Emery has been a bargain, providing valuable starts when called upon and rising to the challenge when Crawford has struggled. He ends the regular season ...