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by Paul on 08/02/10 at 12:51 PM ET
via Chris Kuc tweet,
Blackhawks confirm they are walking away from Antti’s Niemi’s arbitration award and have signed Marty Turco to a one-year contract.
added 10:54am, Remember Turco’s agent saying last week that Turco would be a starter with a contender?
added 12:02pm, from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Unfortunately for Niemi, the Hawks had to play hardball with somebody over money and he just happened to the in the wrong place at the wrong time as the last guy in line.
It hurt Niemi and the Hawks badly when San Jose signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to that four-year, $14 million offer sheet. While the Hawks matched, it cost them probably $1 million or more than they expected to pay Hjalmarsson. That was the money needed to keep Niemi.
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