The Hawks parted ways with Antti Niemi on Monday morning with the expected announcement of Marty Turco’s signing. After Niemi was awarded $2.75 million through an arbitrator, the Hawks decided they would be better served saving money at the goaltending position in order to fill out the rest of their roster.
So Turco is a Hawk. While we await the terms of his one-year deal, it’s rumored that his deal is between $1 and $1.5 million.
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UPDATE: TSN is reporting the Turco deal to be one year, $1.3 million. So essentially the Hawks traded Niemi for Turco and a winger to be named later. With the extra $1.45 in cap space, the Hawks can either sign one of the seemingly hundreds of unrestricted wingers still looking for a job or promote from within, i.e. Kyle Beach.
Unless the Hawks use the excess cap space in a poor fashion, the only problem with this deal is the public relations backlash it will cause.