A great deal has been said about the performance of the two guys that played the goaltender position for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-12 season. But they have made a number of moves to improve the organization’s depth at the position, with Thursday’s signing of Mac Carruth being the latest.
Here’s a look at the organization’s depth at the position heading into the 2012-13 season.
Age: 26 (Dec. 29, 1985)
Contract Status: RFA
Hutton finished last year as the top guy on the IceHogs’ depth chart after starting the year as a free agent with Toledo. In 43 games with Rockford, he went 22-13-4 with a .917 save percentage and three shutouts. He is a restricted free agent this summer after signing a one-year deal with the Blackhawks on Feb. 24, and he was recalled in late March as an emergency back-up.
Age: 25 (Jan. 5, 1987)
Contract Status: Signed thru 2012-13 (one-way, $612,500 cap hit)
Salak was a disappointment last year, missing a significant amount of time because of injury and not playing overwhelmingly well for extended stretches when he was on the ice. In 21 total games with Rockford, Salak was 6-10-0 with a .903 save percentage.
Age: 24 (June 29, 1987)
Contract Status: Signed thru 2012-13 (two-way, $525,000 cap hit)
Richards split last year between Toledo (ECHL) and Rockford. With the Walleye, he was 8-12-1 with an .887 save percentage in 21 games. With Rockford, Richards was 7-11-2 with an .893 save percentage in 23 games.
Age: 20 (March 25, 1992)
Contract Status: Signed three-year entry-level deal 5/24/12
Carruth was one of the better goaltenders in the WHL this year, posting a strong 42-17-2 record this season with a .904 save percentage and two shutouts for the Portland Winterhawks. He signed his entry-level deal on Thursday, according to reports.
Ave: 20 (March 26, 1992)
Contract Status: unsigned
Simpson, a second round pick (58th overall) in 2010, spent this year with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. In 60 games, he was 20-31-7 with a .909 save percentage. He did get one game in with Rockford, and suffered an overtime loss (3 goals against 41 shots).
The Blackhawks also have a seventh round pick from 2011, Johan Mattson, in the ranks. He had a decent season with Sudbury of the OHL (23-11-3, .910).