02 August 2010

Confirmed: Marty Turco Now A Chicago Blackhawk, Niemi Set To Leave

Photo Courtesy of: Jeff Vinnik/Getty Images

Hours after the rumors were claimed to be false, the Chicago Blackhawks finally confirmed today that they have signed former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year deal.

Furthermore, the 'Hawks have also declared that they are no longer interested in the services of Finnish rookie Antti Niemi, who helped the team capture the Stanley Cup last June.

Last night reports surfaced from WGNTV in Chicago that the 35-year-old Turco was Chicago's new goalie, despite the fact that no member of the organization confirmed the signing.

This morning the club announced that the speculation surrounding the situation was correct, and that Niemi was indeed the odd man out after being awarded $2.75 million in his arbitration hearing.

On the other hand, Turco is expected to make around $1.5 million this year, which is music to the ears of a team already over the salary cap.

Up to this point, Turco had played his entire career in the Stars organization, putting up 262 wins with .911 SV% and 2.31 GAA over ten seasons in the NHL.

The much younger Niemi leaves the windy city with a .912 SV%, 2.25 GAA, and Stanley Cup ring to boot.

While the Chicago faithful would have liked to see the up-and-coming netminder stay with the 'Hawks, cap issues often take precedence over fan-favorites. (See: Simon Gagne)

Teams rumored to be interested in Niemi are the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, and San Jose Sharks.

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