In February of the 2010-11 season, when the Blackhawks traded Jack Skille to the Florida Panthers to Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak, the team and fans thought they might have acquired their goaltender of the future. Now, just over a year later, it appears the Blackhawks have moved on.
Multiple reports have the Blackhawks placing the 25 year old goaltender on waivers today. Last season in Rockford, Salak posted a 6-10 record, while recording a 2.69 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He battled injuries for much of the season.
This move tells me two things. One...the Hawks like Carter Hutton, who they signed and recalled last season. Hutton went 22-13 with a 2.35 GAA and .917 save percentage. Two, they expect to draft a goalie.
It's unlikely that Hutton would begin the season on the Blackhawks roster, with Ray Emery and Corey Crawford both locked up, but he may be getting a better look than many expected.
Regardless, it's an interesting start to what should be a pretty busy off-season for the Hawks.