Alexander Salak and Ray Emery are both gearing up for training camp — as well as giving interviews to rival newspapers.
Salak talked to the Chicago Tribune about the unexpected battle for the backup goalie position after Emery was invited to training camp:
“Nothing changes for me — I always work as hard as I can,” said Salak, who played for Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish League last season. “What happens will happen. I’m just going to work hard and try to stop pucks. All the other things don’t bother me.”
He also mentioned that he would be willing to go to Rockford if he does lose the backup job to Emery — which is good, because the IceHogs need all the help in goal that they can get.
Meanwhile, Ray Emery spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times about being invited to training camp:
“I’m really comfortable that they have the best intentions for their club in mind when they’re making decisions like that,” Emery said. “I feel like I can do a lot better than I have in the past.”
He also talked about the surgery and rehabilitation on his hip after being diagnosed with avascular necrosis.
His rehabilitation was more of an experiment as he and trainer Matt Nichol tested a variety of exercises, including ballet, Pilates, swimming and yoga, to see what worked best. Acupuncture and hyperbaric treatment were some of the therapies used.
“At certain times, it seemed like it was going to be real hard to get back to playing,” Emery said. “That donor site was the toughest part of the rehabilitation.”
The Blackhawks have two really good choices for Crawford’s backup. We’ll see which way they decide to go in September.