The Blachawks signing Marty Turco, and thence releasing Antti Niemi, divided many Blackhawk fans.
Some people thought the Hawks had made a mistake. Others tried to see the positive in getting a veteran goaltender.
If you're one of those that are angry at the Hawks for letting Niemi go, you can't stay angry for long.
When the Hawks decided to sign Turco, they knew what they were getting. Turco is a veteran goaltender. He's smart in the net, and can really be big there.
So the Hawks are replacing Niemi with a proven, three-time All-Star goaltender who has played in the playoffs a handful of times before.
What they're not getting is an unproven nobody, of whom we don't know what he can offer.
There should be no need to panic or worry, Hawk fans. Turco is a good goaltender.
He will thrive under the coaching of Quenneville, the still stellar Hawk defense, and he will definitely get some help from the still potent Hawks' offense.
The only question I have is, how long will Turco play with the Hawks?
He is currently signed to a one year $1.3 million contract. Turco was cheaper than Niemi, and we all know how much salary cap trouble the Hawks were in.
But what will happen at the end of next season?
It's all just guessing at this point, but let's say Turco does well and the Hawks do make the playoffs. Does Turco ask for more money? Or do the Hawks release him and hand off the goaltender role to someone else?
Changing goaltenders in such short periods of time is not a smart move. Stability in a team is a must if you want your team to perform well, but it looks like the Hawks will still have some salary cap problems at the end of next season, though it probably won't be as bad as this off season.
Does Corey Crawford get a chance this season?
He's been floating around in the AHL for a couple of years now, and has only seen minimum NHL action.
These are all good questions that will all be answered this season.
So, relax Hawk fans. There is no reason why the Hawks can't still be a top NHL team with Turco in the net.