On Monday, the Blackhawks signed Ray Emery to a one-year deal for $600k, and sent prospect Alex Salak to Rockford. Emery won the battle for the position, which is not surprising on its face -- dude's got Tyson and Ali on his mask. If it was coming down to that, there wasn't a chance he wouldn't win.
But it is surprising based on play alone.
A lot of Hawks fans gave this the rubix cube treatment, as no one could argue that Salak didn't wildly outplay Emery in preseason games. It was clear that the Hawks were looking for Emery to do anything to even come close to justifying keeping him over Salak, and he didn't really.
But the Hawks didn't waiver from their plan, and that plan was to have a veteran back up Corey Crawford and not stunt a young kid's development by only having him play once every couple of weeks. Salak has only ever been a starter, be it in Scandanavia or his one year in the AHL in the Panthers' system. He is not accustomed to having t...