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Munro Earns Backup Job

Wednesday, 01.18.2006 / 1:06 PM / News
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Munro Earns Backup Job

As Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said following Tuesday night's game, three goalies is a crowd.

The crowd got a little smaller Wednesday as the Blackhawks awarded Adam Munro the backup goaltender job and placed Craig Anderson on waivers in order to eventually assign him to Norfolk in the American Hockey League.

Anderson won the job out of training camp but couldn't take advantage of Nikolai Khabibulin's absence due to a groin injury, going winless in his last 8 starts.

Meanwhile, Munro earned wins in his first two starts of the season on Jan. 10 and Jan. 13 and held opponents to just two goals in his last 2 starts -- a shootout loss to New Jersey and a 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders. Despite his strong play of late, Munro admitted the move came as a bit of a surprise.

"[Anderson] has been in the organization for five years. I wasn't sure what would happen at all," Munro said. "This is a business. It happened to me at the start of the year, so it's a tough situation. But obviously it's good to still be up here."

"Obviously he was disappointed," Yawney said of Anderson. "Munro was playing with [Corey] Crawford in Norfolk and now Craig we'll push him. We need that team to make the playoffs."

Khabibulin is set to return to the lineup Thursday at home against Colorado and Yawney said he will get the bulk of the playing time for the remainder of the season. Rookie defenseman Brent Seabrook and veteran forward Curtis Brown are also expected back in the lineup Thursday night..