Posts in category "Antti Niemi"

Realizing the Magnitude of Tonight's Game

It feels like the Blackhawks have been through it all since Wirtz kicked the bucket in October 2007, yet they find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight. It’s 60 minutes for all the marbles. Game seven. Just saying those two words brings on a feeling of intensity and relentlessness. In hockey especially, Game seven means a... Read more »

Current goaltending duo reminiscent of last season's

Blogs aren’t often written mid-game, but Joel Quenneville’s decision to yank Marty Turco less than a minute into the 2nd period inspired me to write something that I’ve been thinking for a long time. Corey Crawford is this team’s best option at goaltender. I know it’d be difficult to find anyone to argue with me... Read more »

Rapid fire: Quick postgame reaction to Hawks' 4-3 win in Buffalo

The Blackhawks got in the win column on Monday night, bouncing back from a slow start to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. The Hawks got two goals from Marian Hossa and a goal a piece from Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane. Here are some things I noticed throughout this back and forth game: -The Niklas... Read more »

Blackhawks/NHL Prediction Time

With the puck set to drop in less than 24 hours, it’s time for some late predictions.  First for some Blackhawks individual predictions: Team leader in points: Patrick Kane (104). Kane has improved each year offensively and should find yet another level to his game this season. Very scary for the Western Conference if this... Read more »

Antti Niemi to sign with San Jose; Thanks Bill Zito

Antti Niemi has finally found himself a home.  After weeks of speculation regarding Niemi’s future, the Stanley Cup winning goaltender will reportedly sign with the San Jose Sharks for roughly $2 million. According to Nick Kypreos, the deal could be for only one year. Two million would be $750,000 less than his arbitration number with... Read more »

Blackhawks lineup beginning to take shape

With the Antti Niemi situation settled, the Hawks’ 2010-2011 lineup is much easier to predict. The team can now dress a 21-man roster comfortably under the salary cap. Based on recent signings and comments by General Manager Stan Bowman, here is what the lineup could resemble in October: Kane/Toews/Brouwer Hossa/Sharp/Kopecky Stalberg/Bolland/Makarov Bickell/Dowell/Skille Keith/Seabrook Hjalmarsson/Campbell Hendry/Vishnevskiy... Read more »

Marty Turco: Already committed to the Indian

There are plenty of reasons to feel good about the Hawks’ addition of veteran goalie Marty Turco. He provides stability, a low cap-hit, and leadership for the young Blackhawks. But above all, there is one reason why Hawks fans should welcome this guy aboard: He genuinely wants to be here. Players say it all the... Read more »

Hawks say goodbye to Niemi, hello to Turco

It has been speculated for weeks, and now it’s official. The Blackhawks have decided to walk away from Antti Niemi’s $2.75 million dollar salary and sign veteran goalie Marty Turco to a 1-year deal. Turco’s cap hit is reportedly very low in the $1.3 million dollar range. The Marty Turco era is underway in Chicago... Read more »

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. Marty Turco is the best stick-handling goaltender in the NHL If true,... Read more »

Niemi awarded $2.75 million from arbitrator

The Blackhawks received some good news this afternoon when it was announced that goaltender Antti Niemi received a 1 year, 2.75 million dollar deal at arbitration. This number is much lower than what was expected, as many felt it would be closer to $3.5 mil.  As recently as Saturday morning, Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz shared... Read more »