Blackhawks Walk Away From Antti Niemi, Ink Marty Turco To One-Year Deal

August 2nd, 2010 by Ryan Hood Leave a reply »

It’s been announced that the Chicago Blackhawks and General Manager Stan Bowman have decided to cut ties with Stanley Cup winning net-minder Antti Niemi, and have signed ex-Star Marty Turco to a one-year deal.

Niemi will always be revered in the hearts of Blackhawk fans for helping end the organization’s 49-year Cup drought, but greed on his part has ruined what could have been a very bright future in Chicago.

Niemi and his agent, public enemy number one in Chicago, Bill Zito, failed to realize Niemi’s success this past season was due to him being a product of his environment. He has played in just 64 NHL games, posting above average stats in that span. Numbers that do not warrant a contract in the $3-4 million range, as he has demanded.

To replace Niemi, the Hawks have signed Marty Turco to a one-year deal reportedly worth somewhere in the $1-1.5 million range. The signing of Turco is a much more cap-friendly maneuver for the or ...

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