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Turco Signs With Chicago

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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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Should Bowman have acted sooner to get Hjalmarsson signed? Probably. He misread the situation when he told reporters on June 30 that offer sheets don’t happen.

If the Hawks management team isn’t the most inept in the league, they have to be a close second.

Assuming Huet gets buried in Rockford, the Hawks only have 18 guys signed right now (11 forwards, 5 defensemen and 2 goalies). And here’s what CapGeek.com comes up with for the Hawks potential roster and salaries.

Patrick Kane ($6.300m) – Jonathan Toews ($6.300m) – Marian Hossa ($5.275m)
Patrick Sharp ($3.900m) – Dave Bolland ($3.375m) – Tomas Kopecky ($1.200m)
Troy Brouwer ($1.025m) – Viktor Stalberg ($0.850m) – Jack Skille ($0.600m)
Bryan Bickell ($0.541m) – Jake Dowell ($0.525m)

Brian Campbell ($7.142m) – Duncan Keith ($5.538m)
Brent Seabrook ($3.500m) – Niklas Hjalmarsson ($3.500m)
John Scott ($0.512m)

Marty Turco ($1.30m) – Corey Crawford ($0.800m)


TOTALS: (18-man roster)
SALARY CAP: $59,400,000
CAP PAYROLL: $56,343,257
2010-2011 BONUSES: $65,000
CAP SPACE: $3,121,743

I love the fact that Kopecky – a guy who struggled to make the Wings 4th line – is penciled in as a 2nd-line wing. That and facing the Wings’ playtoy Turco in goal will make for a very enjoyable six games against Chicago this year. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/02/10 at 04:33 PM ET

Aphaea's avatar

This just made my day.

Posted by Aphaea on 08/02/10 at 05:00 PM ET


Gosh, I guess the Blackhawks shouldn’t even suit up against the Wings.

Posted by Billyf65 on 08/02/10 at 05:31 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

I thought this was “The Onion” or some other satire like SPorts Pickle.


Turco is Detroits BITCH.

Things just got more enjoyable this summer!

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 08/02/10 at 06:21 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Gosh, I guess the Blackhawks shouldn’t even suit up against the Wings.

Where would the fun in that be?

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 08/02/10 at 06:26 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Where would the fun in that be?

In 12 points in the standings without worrying about Patrick Kane mistaking Drew Miller for a 60-year old cab driver.  grin

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/02/10 at 06:42 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

I love the fact that Kopecky – a guy who struggled to make the Wings 4th line – is penciled in as a 2nd-line wing.

Capgeek uses salary for line placement, as seen by Campbell slotted in as their #1 D man.  I wouldn’t be surprised though, last season Q stache played Kopecky on the opposite wing to Hossa a couple times, and gave Kopecky PP time in the second half of the season.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 08/03/10 at 12:38 AM ET

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