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According to WGN's Dan Roan, the Blackhawks have agreed to a 1-year, $1.75 million dollar deal with free agent goaltender Marty Turco. The signing has not yet been reported by any other sources.
If true, this would likely bring the Antti Niemi era to an end in Chicago. Niemi was awarded a $2.75 million dollar salary at arbitration, and the Hawks will announce sometime tomorrow what they plan to do with him. With Turco aboard, the Hawks would either walk away from Niemi's $2.75 million or sign and trade him to a team in need of goaltending.
Adding Turco in favor of Niemi would allow the Hawks more salary flexibility for the 2010-2011 season. Judging by Stan Bowman's comments at the Blackhawks Convention about Corey Crawford, we may be looking at a Turco/Crawford tandem next season.
Stay tuned for updates on this supposed signing. Hopefully more sources will confirm by the end of the night.
UPDATE: Several sources are now calling Roan's report "inaccurate." It is possible that the signing is close, but we know that nothing is official. We will find out the facts tomorrow.
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