The Blackhawks signing of goalie Alexander Salak likely spells the end of Marty Turco’s tenure with the club, plus they could be bidding farewell to some other free agents.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns reported the Blackhawks have reportedly signed goaltender Alexander Salak to a two-year, one-way deal worth $600K per season. Jahns suggests this deal means backup Marty Turco won’t be re-signed, while Salak could take his place backing up Corey Crawford next season.

CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Tim Sassone also believes Turco won’t be re-signed by the Blackhawks, who could either use Salak as their backup or perhaps sign one via free agency this summer.

ESPN.COM: Jesse Rogers not only expects the Blackhawks will bid farewell to Marty Turco, but also to fellow unrestricted free agent Tomas Kopecky, while it remains to be seen how they’ll afford to re-sign Troy Brouwer, with Chris Campoli and Michael Frolik expected to return. Rogers suggested the Blackhawks could free up some cap space by shopping Brian Campbell or Niklas Hjalmarsson, considering the latter would be easier to move given his salary and lack of a movement clause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turco and Kopecky are goners, and I agree it remains to be seen how they’ll afford Brouwer, though his retention isn’t an impossibility. Campoli and Frolik appear almost certain to return. Campbell won’t be dealt, and while Hjalmarsson might be attractive to other clubs, I doubt Bowman goes that route if he feels he needs to clear up some cap space. I think Salak will be given the opportunity to back up Crawford, especially since his salary is more affordable than the cost of adding a veteran backup this summer.

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9 Responses to Latest Blackhawks News – May 21, 2011.

  1. Bill Placzek says:

    I think everything you have said is spot on. There is no bonsus playoff win money going out against a Cup win and that was a handsome sum. It remains to be seen how Stan will make any outside the organization moves without moving a bigger contract. I keep seeing that Komisarek -Campbell deal in print and although that would add the different type of defenseman to the hawk mix, I don’t know if the trade actually doesn’t downgarde the defense’s effectiveness. It would give them less years and over 2 mil Cap sapce but does Komisarek solidfy and toughen them defensively ?

  2. CoachBowman_2003 says:

    Playoff bonuses or any money given to a player by the league for an individual award,does not count that teams salary cap.

  3. nhlcheapshot says:


    Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe last season, and with it a $1.3M bonus. The $1.3M counted against the Chicago’s cap and contributed to their overage penalty, as per James Duthie @ TSN.!/tsnjamesduthie/status/15871135386

  4. TheTruth says:

    The Hawks had a 4mil dollar cap hit this year paid out on Toews winning the Conn Smythe that counted against the cap. It was in his rookie contract, therefore it counted against the cap.

    It cost the Hawks Ladd and Niemi – Toews winning that. It really killed the Hawks this year and will make a big difference in their depth/signing players this year.

  5. Mb4life says:

    Komisarek for Campbell rumor?????
    Is that for real???
    Strange yet intriguing!!!!!

  6. DurtMCHurt says:

    If a Komi for Cambell swap did not impede us from getting a bonafide center for kessel, I wouldn’t not hate it. Does make a little bit of sense.

  7. CoachBowman_2003 says:

    Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe last season, and with it a $1.3M bonus. The $1.3M counted against the Chicago’s cap and contributed to their overage penalty, as per James Duthie @ TSN.!/tsnjamesduthie/status/15871135386

    It was money paid by the team.Any money paid out by the league does not count.

  8. CoachBowman_2003 says:

    I doubt that Chicago would want Komisarek.They have quick puck moving team, I doubt he can keep up.

  9. DurtMCHurt says:

    It’s more about clearing Campbell off the books since the Blackhawks already have a stellar d core and could use the money elsewhere. Komi odviously isn’t ideal, but Campbells cap hit isn’t going to get a fair return anyway. I’m not even saying it’s a great trade for either team, give Blacker and Gardner a couple of years to develop and Campbell becomes obsolete. The deal does however, not sound completely far fetched.

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