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Blackhawks show Niemi the door; usher in Turco as number one goalie

Marty Turco now a Blackhawk (nhl)

Marty Turco was not offered a new contract by the cost-cutting Dallas Stars a few weeks ago.

But now, that’s all a memory as he will now be playing for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Turco replaces Stanley Cup hero Antii Niemi as the Blackhawks’ top goaltender. He could’ve got a longer contract with more money with another team, but he wants a championship ring. Turco’s deal is one-year for $1.3 million.

The Blackhawks have high expectations from the 34-year-old Turco, a Michigan product, who has played all nine of his NHL seasons with Dallas. The three-time All-Star has never advanced past the conference finals in six playoff appearances with the Stars.

Niemi, 26, helped Chicago 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 last week, which would’ve put the team in a tight spot. The NHL’s salary cap is $59.4 million next season and some hockey experts said that with Niemi’s new salary, it would’ve put the Blackhawks over the limit.

Niemi becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Finn played all but one period of Chicago’s postseason run to the NHL title, going 16-6 with a 2.63 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts.

Niemi will make the eighth player to leave the Blackhawks since the winning the Stanley Cup. The others include Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Adam Burish, Colin Fraser and Kris Versteeg. 37-year-old John Madden, another unrestricted free agent, has yet to sign with a team.

compiled from Chicago Blackhawks and NHL news

Livonia, Michigan native Modano going home to Red Wings

Mike Modano was not ready to hang up his skates when Dallas didn’t offer him a contract extension. So after much thought and conversations with Detroit, Minnesota and San Jose, he decided it was time to play for his favorite boyhood team, the Detroit Red Wings.

Mike Modano Detroit (nhl)

The native of suburban Detroit has signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings. The agreement ended five weeks of Modano trying to figure out his future in hockey.

Modano, who is a 40-year-old forward, played 20 seasons for the Minnesota-Dallas franchise and is the leading scorer among U.S.-born players in the NHL history.

The Dallas Stars are trying to get younger and also did not retain long-time goaltender Marty Turco.

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Marty Turco will not be re-signed by the Dallas Stars

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Goaltender Marty Turco’s time in Dallas with the Stars is over. It’s hard to believe because he has been one of the players that has been the face of the franchise since he came into the league from the University of Michigan.

General manager Joe Nieuwendyk has said that the Stars will not re-sign Turco, a three-time All-Star who just completed his ninth season with the team.

Kari Lehtonen, acquired from Atlanta in February, will be the number goalie in the 2010-2011 season.

The 34-year-old Turco just completed a $22.8 million, four-year contract he signed in January 2006 that kept him from becoming a free agent at the end of  that season.

Turco holds the Stars franchise record with 509 games played as a goaltender, winning 262 games with a .911 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average. He had 40 shutouts.

Marty Turco (nhl)

In 2002-03, his first as the starting goalie, he set a modern NHL record with a 1.72 GAA, a mark that has since been broken.

Turco was 21-26 in the playoffs for the Stars, including four shutouts. Three of  those shutouts came in one series, in the first round of the 2007 playoffs against Vancouver when he had a .952 save percentage. The Stars were still knocked out in seven games.

In 53 games this season, Turco posted a 22-20-11 record. He had a .913 save percentage and a 2.72 GAA.