Well it's not official yet- and what about burying Huet in the minors? I thought they were going to do that either way and this way they could bring in Turco as a backup? That's what I thought they were doing instead of gambling on Corey Crawford being the backup all season.
The Blackhawks are going to be a good team this year and will easily make the playoffs but your GM's just keep buying and buying. From teh perspective of a Hawks fan, its a good thing you won the cup last year when you did.
The Hawks have already announced to the Chicago media outlets that they're walking from Niemi. They have no choice but to bury Huet next season because of his cap hit (over 5 mil). Unlike most Hawks fans, I'm fine with Huet as a starter. If you look at his numbers, they're strikingly similar to Niemi's last season. Turco is the new starter, which would be fine if it was 2003.
Crawford may be the backup, or it may be Toivonen. They've had Crawford in Rockford, and in Norfolk for that, for what seems like a decade. If they were really sold on him, he would have been up long before now. He has looked decent in the few games he's played in with the big club, though.