Emery wins Blackhawks' backup goalie job

Ray Emery

came out the winner of the battle for the

Chicago Blackhawks

' backup goaltending job.


The veteran signed a one-year contract with the Hawks on Monday for a reported $600,000, and the team assigned rookie Alexander Salak to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

“We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.”

The 29-year old Emery will start the season as the No. 2 goalie behind starter

Corey Crawford

. Emery was in camp on a tryout basis after playing for the


last season. During the exhibition season, Emery was 0-2-0 with a 4.58 goals-against average and .813 save percentage while Salak was 0-1-1 and .929 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against.

But the Hawks went with experience as Emery is a veteran of 173 career regular-season games over parts of seven


seasons with the




(2009-10) and Ducks (2010-11). The Cayuga, Ontario, native has also 20 wins in 36 career appearances in the

Stanley Cup Playoffs

, which includes helping the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.

Salak, 24, has appeared in two career NHL games while as a member for the


. He was acquired by the Hawks along with forward

Michael Frolik

in a trade with Florida on Feb. 9 for

Jack Skille

and minor-leaguers.

The Hawks' training camp roster now stands at 26 active players, including 16 forwards, eight  defensemen and two goaltenders.

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