Marty Turco is introduced as Chicago's new goaltender

The Blackhawks have their new man in goal and today they introduced him to the fans in Chicago and around the world. Marty Turco will be the man between the pipes this year, and his expectations are high. After a couple of disappointing seasons in Dallas, Turco wants the Cup and he’s hoping he can do that with the Blackhawks as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago finds out.

Turco’s name doesn’t appear on the Stanley Cup after playing in Dallas for a decade. He chose Chicago to help change that.

“There’s been a career long drought in the NHL for me,” Turco said at a Tuesday news conference. “I’ve never won a Stanley Cup. … I’ve only played in the Western Conference finals once. That’s why I play the game. … These are things that bug me when I go to bed at night and make me focus when I get up in the morning.”

Turco immediately thought of the Hawks when his season ended and knew he would not be returning to the Stars. Hawks general manager Stan Bowman told his agent to be patient and things might just work out. When an arbitrator ruled Antti Niemi deserved more than the Hawks had, Bowman moved on Turco.

“We’ve been on the other end of trying to beat him for a while,” Bowman said. “Now that we have him on our side we have a lot to look forward to.”

While Turco will have a lot demanded of him this year playing for a team hoping to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, his play is going to have to be stellar considering that the Blackhawks are playing like acrobats without a net so to speak. Corey Crawford is slated to be Turco’s backup this year and only Hannu Toivonen will be in the AHL to further back things up. If Turco continues to be inconsistent the way he was in Dallas the last couple of years, the Blackhawks will find life to be difficult this season.

For now, the Hawks are excited and Turco should be motivated and ready to go.

Here’s video of today’s press conference courtesy of the Blackhawks.

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    WATCH LIVE: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators – Game 6

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    Last night, the Nashville Predators demoralized the Ducks and advanced to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final. Will we learn their opponent tonight or on Thursday?

    That’s up to how the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators perform in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Will Sidney Crosby and the Penguins follow that 7-0 rout with a close-out performance, or will Erik Karlsson and the Senators avenge that embarrassing loss to send this series to a decisive Game 7?

    Find out on NBCSN at tonight. You can also watch the game online and via the NBC Sports App.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators (Pens lead 3-2)

    Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

    Network: NBCSN (Stream online here)

    Check out the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win in Game 5

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    Swedish League champ sees another sign in NHL

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    It’s an offseason of change for SHL champion HV71.

    In the days following the league title, HV71 saw No. 1 goalie Linus Soderstrom sign his ELC with the Isles and d-man Andreas Borgman — the league’s rookie of the year — ink with the Leafs.

    Earlier today, HV71 winger Filip Sandberg signed a two-year deal with San Jose. Shortly after that, Columbus announced it inked Sandberg’s running mate up front, Kevin Stenlund, to a three-year, entry-level deal.

    Stenlund, 20, was the Blue Jackets’ second-round pick (58th overall) at the 2015 draft. He’s coming off a good year, setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played during the regular season, then adding 10 points in 16 playoff appearances.

    And he might have a chance to build on that campaign.

    Per the Dispatch, the Blue Jackets expect Stenlund to play next year in Sweden, rather than try to make the move overseas. It’s possible the Isles could make the same decision with Soderstrom — meaning it’s not all bad for HV71.

     

    Oilers re-sign Pakarinen for one year

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    The Edmonton Oilers have given winger Iiro Pakarinen a one-year contract extension.

    From the release:

    Pakarinen just finished his third season with the Oilers organization, appearing in 14 regular season games in 2016-17, posting four points (2 goals, 2 assists).  The 25 year old forward missed 53 games due to an injury suffered during the pre-season. He appeared in one playoff game against the San Jose Sharks.

    The Oilers brought Pakarinen over from Finland in 2014. Since then, he’s split his North American career between the AHL and NHL while drawing praise for his versatility and hard-nosed style.

    Per CapFriendly, Pakarinen’s cap hit will be $750,000 in 2017-18. It’s a one-way deal.

    Market heating up for prized Czech d-man Rutta

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    Coming off an impressive performance for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championship, Jan Rutta is now being courted by a number of NHL clubs.

    Per The Athletic, the Blackhawks are in contention for securing Rutta’s services. That comes on the heels of earlier reports from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who said there are “multiple” offers for the 26-year-old, including ones from Edmonton and Calgary.

    “He’s a steady defenseman with size, and he had a strong finish of the season,” an NHL scout told The Athletic. “He was very good in the playoffs and played his best at the Worlds.”

    Rutta, who was never drafted by an NHL club, has spent his professional career with Czech League outfit Pirati Chomutov. He’s blossomed into a talented offensive defenseman — finishing second among Czech League d-men with 32 points in 46 games this year — and, as mentioned above, has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds.

    Last week, Rutta’s agent — longtime Octagon Hockey representative Allan Walsh — tweeted that his client would make a decision on NHL offers soon.