Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Money Position

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 28: Ray Emery
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 28: Ray Emery /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! There are a lot of positions that can make a lot of money in the NHL, but there’s one position with the Blackhawks that seems to continue to make lesser name players lots and lots of money. 

There was a time that you backup goalie was just a guy that sat on the bench and maybe made a few starts during back to back games.

There also was a time in the NHL, when your starting goalie would start every game of the year. Glen Hall started over 500 straight games, and only an injury forced him out of his net.

Tony Esposito normally started 70 games a year meaning his backup never saw the ice except for 10-12 times a year.

Of course everything evolves including the goalie position.  Here in Chicago that position has changed from a 10-12 year player to someone that could play up to 30 games a year.

The great thing for this kind of exposure is that the backup goalie here in Chicago has been able to parlay a good season or two into a huge pay raise with another team.

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Ray Emery had a sensational 2013 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, and there were some that thought he should start the playoffs that season.  Corey Crawford played pretty good in the playoffs so Joel Quenneville made the right choice, Emery did sign a very nice contract with Philadelphia after getting his name on the Stanley Cup.

Scott Darling is the latest Blackhawks backup goalie to get a lot of money.  Darling of course had the longest journey to the NHL, being the only player to every reach the NHL out of the SPHL.  Darling kept the Hawks in the 2015 first round playoff series by replacing Crawford, and even though he watched Crawford start the rest of the playoffs his play didn’t go unnoticed.

So will Anton Forsberg be the next goalie to cash in or will it eventually be newly signed Colin Dellia? Time will only tell.

Here are some morning links to start your Sunday morning.

A look back at the best of the 2017 Blackhawks Convention (Blackhawks)

Going back to Prospect came which one stood out the most (Second City)

Feels like it’s really slow news cycle in the NHL when national outlets  are writing about the Blackhawks signing a prospect goalie (NBC Sports)

Evgeni Malkin wants to see Alex Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup (Pro Hockey Talk)

5 Reasons why the Stars won’t make the playoffs this coming season (Blackout Dallas)

Who would be the best power play unit in the NHL from around the league (NHL)

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