The Chicago Blackhawks have decided not to accept the one-year, $2.75 million contract goalie Antti Niemi was awarded via arbitration, making the 26-year-old an unrestricted free agent.
As a result, the Blackhawks quickly replaced Niemi, signing unrestricted free agent goalie Marty Turco to a oneyear, $1.3 million contract.
Niemi, a native of Vantaa, Finland, helped the Hawks capture the 2010-11 Stanley Cup, posting a 26-7-4 regular-season record, with a 2.25 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage in 39 games. He followed up his solid season performance by going 16-6 in the playoffs.
Turco, 34, posted a 22-20-11 record in 53 games with the Dallas Stars last season, while registering a 2.72 goals-against-average, a .913 save percentage and four shutouts.
In 509 career regular-season NHL games, all with the Stars, Turco has totaled a 262-154-26-37 record with a 2.31 GAA and a .911 save percentage, with 40 shutouts.
Turco, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, was originally drafted by the Stars in the fifth-round, 124th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
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