Ray Emery has won the backup goaltending job in Chicago, as the Blackhawks signed him to a one-year contract on Monday. The 29-year-old Emery played in 10 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season, recording a 7-2-and-0 mark and 2.28 Goals-Against-Average. Emery is a veteran of 173 career regular-season games over parts of seven NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Ducks and owns a 94-53-and-0 record with a 2.67 GAA.
Chicago assigned goaltender Alexander Salak to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. Salak was acquired by Chicago, along with forward Michael Frolik, in a trade with the Florida Panthers on February 9th. Chicago opens the 2011-12 season on Friday at Dallas.