As we head into the month of August, it's hard to believe that UFA goaltender Marty Turco is still on the market. Obviously, it's been a tough summer for netminders as many clubs appear to be set in goal. However, it's very hard to believe that Turco can't be a starter somewhere.
Many pundits and fans alike are wondering what will happen with this Niemi situation. If the Hawks decide to say goodbye to their Stanley Cup winning netminder, will the team consider signing Turco to take over the reigns?
Furthermore, how much money is Turco looking for? Because, as everyone knows, the Blackhawks cannot afford to put themselves in further cap trouble given everything they have had to give up already. There have been whispers that Chicago is willing to give him around $1.5 to $2 million.
Obviously, the Blackhawks need to see what they decide to do with Niemi before even considering going in another direction. However, Turco is a goaltender who has proved himself to be very successful in the regular season and someone who can step it up in the playoffs if put in the right situation.
Are the Blackhawks the right situation now for Turco? We'll know soon enough.
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