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.