Marty Turco Not Coming To Philadephia Flyers, Likely To Sign for Chicago

August 1st, 2010 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »

As it stands right now, it appears that the Flyers are set to start the season with Michael Leighton as their starting goaltender.

Free agent goalie Marty Turco, who has been linked to the Flyers multiple times this summer, told's Tim Panaccio via a text message that he would have loved to play for the Flyers, but "it's not happening."

Turco is set to join the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year, $1.5 million contract after Antti Niemi was awarded $2.75 million in his arbitration case. The Blackhawks, who are in salary cap hell, are going to part ways with Niemi through either a sign-and-trade or simply by walking away.

Niemi had a tremendous rookie season for the Blackhawks en route to leading them to their first Stanley Cup victory since 1961, ending the second longest Cup drought in NHL history at 49 years.

The 26-year-old Niemi is now jobless as training camp looms about a month away, and with so few teams looking for a starting goalie, no one really has an idea where Niemi will be playing hockey in October.

Should the Flyers be interested in a sign-and-trade ...

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