Source: Alexander Salak gets new deal

Updated: May 20, 2011, 2:39 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goalie prospect Alexander Salak to a two-year deal worth about $600,000 per year, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The Blackhawks have yet to make an official announcement regarding the deal.

Salak, 24, was acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers in February for Jack Skille and other prospects. The Blackhawks also acquired Michael Frolik in the trade.

Salak made his NHL debut in 2009, appearing in two games for the Panthers. He was loaned to Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League for the 2010-11 season.

The deal is a one-way contract, according to the source. It makes Salak the front-runner to be Corey Crawford's back-up. Crawford signed a three-year contract extension Thursday.

A one-way contract means Salak is paid his NHL salary whether he plays for the Blackhawks or in the AHL. A two-way deal is when a player receives a minor league salary if he's playing in the minors and his NHL salary if he's in the majors.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.

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