Blackhawks sign Turco? *Update: "Reports are false...for now"

*Most up to date news at bottom of this article*

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.

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Marty Turco is the best stick-handling goaltender in the NHL

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.

-JT
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