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Monday, August 2, 2010
Blackhawks sign Turco, walk on Niemi

By Mark Stepneski

Former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco is now a member of the Chicago Blackhawk. ESPNChicago.com is reporting that the Blackhawks have decided to walk away from a $2.75 million dollar arbitration ruling for Stanley Cup winning goaltender Antti Niemi, and have signed Turco to fill the void.

Turco's contract is for one year and $1.3 million.

“Joining the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks is an unbelievable opportunity for me both professionally and personally,” Turco said in a release on the Blackhawks' official site. “The Blackhawks are a first-class organization in a world-class city and at this point in my career I am excited to be a part of a team that will give me such a good chance to win the Stanley Cup.”

Turco became an unrestricted free agent on July 1. It became apparent the Stars were moving in a different direction in net when the team acquired Kari Lehtonen from Atlanta at last season’s trade deadline. A few days after the regular season ended Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk made it official that the Stars were parting ways with Turco, who had been the team’s No. 1 goalie for the past seven seasons.

Turco, 34, posted a 262-154-63 record, 2.31 goals against average a .911 save percentage. He holds the franchise marks for games played (509), wins (262) and shutouts (40).

In the playoffs he had 21-26 playoff record, 2.17 goals against average and .914 save percentage. He was key in the Stars going to the Western Conference Finals in 2008 and tied a playoff record with three shutouts in a series in first round loss to Vancouver in 2007. But he struggled in earlier playoff appearances, when the Stars experienced quick playoff exits.