Gone are the days of Antti Niemi in Chicago. The Blackhawks have signed veteran goaltender Marty Turco to a 1 year deal from Dallas. Fans are happy that Niemi had played great in the Stanley Cup run however, it has since served as a double edged sword. On one hand, we just won the Stanley Cup. On the other, we have lost a chunk of our team including the Finnish Fortress in Niemi. We’ll see how this works out for the Blackhawks in a couple months when the season is on the cusp of starting.

AP CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran goaltender Marty Turco, a move that means Stanley Cup hero Antti Niemi (AN’-tee nee-YEH’-mee) is gone.

General manager Stan Bowman says the team expects “immediate” contributions from the 34-year-old Turco, who’s played in the NHL for 10 seasons, all with Dallas. He is a three-time All Star.

Niemi helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this past season after earning $826,875 as a rookie. He was awarded a $2.75 million salary for next season by an arbitrator, putting Chicago in a tough spot to stay under the NHL’s salary cap.

The deal with Turco was announced Monday. Niemi becomes the eighth player to leave the Blackhawks since the season ended.


Been following Chicago sports for many years. I have ties to Rockford, Illinois however have since been displaced in North Carolina far from Illinois. I am still an avid fan despite the geographical complications in following my teams. I am known as the internet’s #1 Rex Grossman connoisseur

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