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Turco ready for emotional return to Dallas

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Turco ready for emotional return to Dallas

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Posted 5:39 p.m. Updated 8:24 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

EDMONTON, Alberta When Marty Turco walks back into Dallas American Airlines Center on Friday morning, hell likely take the same route he did for nine seasons as the Stars goaltender.

Hell probably walk the same hallway and see a lot of the same crew and trainers. And then hell keep on walking, for the first time, into the visitors locker room.

WATCH: Turco's Degree father-son shootout

Itll certainly be a strange trip for Turco, but a memorable one as hell start against his old team in his old stomping grounds for the first time as a Blackhawk. Turcos wife and three children were already in Dallas when the Blackhawks were scheduled to land on Thursday evening. Hes been looking at this day on the Blackhawks schedule for a long time.

Thereve been plenty of thoughts, probably since the day I knew I wasnt going to be back and the schedule came out, Turco said. It seemed like it was a long time away until February but that was probably a good thing. I was getting used to a new team, city and surroundings.

All that aside, its going to be a big game, period, he said. On top of it Im sure therell be some emotions, but I think Ill be all right handling them.

Patrick Kane said he talked to Turco about going back to Dallas on Wednesday night.

He said he was there nine years and nothing changed, from the security guards to the way he walked in to the guys who helped him with his equipment, Kane said. Ive never been on that side, but growing up a huge Sabres fan, I felt like I was part of that team in my childhood. But its pretty cool. Im sure hes going to put forth a good effort.

And Turco will have some good fun at his old teams expense. He said he wouldve liked to have played the Stars when they came to Chicago earlier this season to get some of the slashing I need to do out of the way. But I guess Im just going to have to do it all in one night.

Stars captain Brenden Morrow, Turcos best friend, said hell be prepared.

Itll be tough on my calves. Hes pretty good with the stick, Morrow told the Dallas Morning News. But itll be different. Ten-odd years or so, everything we went through together. Itll be a little weird.

For Turco, its a journey to the past and it has a lot of memories, most of them good. There were the great regular-season marks, the 2008 run to the Western Conference Finals and the longtime friends still in that locker room. He and Morrow have been best friends for years.

We spent a lot of time together, probably more than any two men should in a hockey relationship, Turco joked. But there are a lot of guys in that locker room that I had a chance to see grow up or grow up with and go through the ups and downs. Thats cool. Those are the memories you make when you wrap up a career.

Turco was a longtime fan favorite in Dallas. Given the way his time ended there, he should probably get a good reaction from the crowd.

We all want rose petals and foghorns you know, he said with a smile.

Turco admits hell deal with the emotions early. After that, itll be business as usual. The Blackhawks are in a situation where points take precedent over reunions pretty quick. Still, Turco will enjoy the moment for what it is.

It was a long time there, he said. From when they drafted me in 94, I had dreams of playing for the Stars and had a good run with them. It was a huge chunk of my life. My time has come and gone, and this is just a fun moment and a memorable one.

Hossa questionable

WATCH: Coach Q insists Hossa isn't hurt again

Marian Hossa has the flu and is questionable for Fridays game against the Stars. Replays showed Hossa took a Ladislav Smid elbow around the chin area in Wednesdays 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. But coach Joel Quenneville said Hossas status had nothing to do with the hit. Hossa traveled separately from the team to Dallas.

Froliks introduction

WATCH: Hawks get steal in Frolik

Newly acquired forward Michael Frolik met the Blackhawks in Dallas on Thursday and will play Friday against the Stars. Where he fits into the Blackhawks lines, exactly, isnt known yet.

You have an idea, some things you want to try, said Quenneville, who added some depends on Hossas status for the game. We might be experimenting a little more tomorrow than we anticipated. There are a lot of options.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Getting to know four newly-signed Blackhawks

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Getting to know four newly-signed Blackhawks

The Blackhawks announced Monday that they have officially agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kahun, defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Darren Raddysh and goaltender Kevin Lankinen on entry-level contracts.

Kahun ($925,000 cap hit), Lankinen ($925,000) and Raddysh ($730,000) each signed two-year deals that run through the 2019-20 season while Carlsson's is a three-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries a cap hit of $792,500.

So who are these guys? Let's meet them:

Carlsson

Drafted in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) by the Blackhawks in 2016, Carlsson set a career-high with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 44 games this season with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was tied for fourth among all blue liners with seven goals.

Carlsson, 20, doesn't have major upside, but he's a reliable, well-rounded defenseman and that's what drew the attention of Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley.

“When he’s on the ice, he makes things happen," Kelley told Scott Powers of The Athletic last summer. "I think what impressed the Sweden under-20 coach was Lucas’ ability to challenge in all three zones. He’s an active defensively. Offensively, he challenges. He keeps plays alive.”

Kahun

The 22-year-old forward spent the last four seasons with EHC München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany's top professional hockey league, where he established career highs in assists (29), points (41) and tied a personal best with 12 goals, leading Munchen to their third straight championship in 2018 after recording four goals and 10 assists in 17 playoff contests.

He raised eyebrows at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, where he compiled five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games and won 55.4 percent of his faceoffs (41 of 74), helping Germany capture a silver medal.

“He has made an enormous step this year, has become much more stable and mature," German national team coach Marco Sturm said after the Olympics. "I am sure that he would grab it in the NHL,” Sturm told the Hamburger Morgenpost.

Most recently, Kahun had a goal and two assists in seven games for Germany during the IIHF Men's World Championship. He's 5-foot-11, 176 pounds whose known to be a solid two-way player and can play center but may need some time to adjust to the smaller ice surface and NHL style of speed and physicality.

Lankinen 

Lankinen is 23 years old and coming off a season in which he was in the discussion for the Urpo Ylönen trophy, annually awarded to the top goaltender of the Finnish Elite League, after registering a league-best 1.33 goals against average and .946 save percentage in 15 games with HIFK.

He missed a large portion of the season because of an injury, but it didn't stop him from turning in a strong postseason, guiding his team to a bronze medal after posting a 1.99 GAA and .936 save percentage in 13 playoff games. The year before that, he led the league with seven shutouts in 42 games, backstopping his team to a silver medal.

This is a low-risk, medium-sized reward signing for the Blackhawks, who could use some more young goaltending depth in the pipeline, especially given how this season unfolded with the big club.

Raddysh

The Blackhawks signed Raddysh to a one-year AHL contract last June, and he turned it into an NHL one after a strong season with the Rockford IceHogs.

Raddysh, 22, accumulated 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 66 regular-season games with the IceHogs, and has appeared in each of the team's playoff games en route to the Western Conference Final.

Last season Raddysh was named the OHL's top defenseman after scoring 16 goals and 65 assists for 81 points in 62 games for the Erie Otters, where he was teammates with current Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat. He's the Otters' all-time leader in assists (143) and points (184) among defensemen.

Raddysh might be nothing more than a depth defenseman, but his development is worth monitoring because the offensive production is there and that's something the Blackhawks lacked this past season from their back end.

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa: 'I will not play hockey anymore'

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Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa: 'I will not play hockey anymore'

Days after putting his Gold Coast condo on the market, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa revealed to a Slovakian newspaper that he is moving back to his hometown country and doesn't plan on returning to the NHL.

"I will not play hockey anymore," said Hossa, who missed the entire 2017-18 campaign due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat it. "I have a valid contract with Chicago for the next three years, but I have only one health and it does not allow me to return."

Because he has three years left on a deal that carries a $5.275 million cap hit, Hossa is not expected to sign his retirement papers until the contract is completed or else it would result in salary cap consequences.

The news is not surprising, but it officially allows the Blackhawks to move on without him in the fold roster-wise and toy around with some options this summer.

The first is stashing his contract on long-term injured reserve, as they did last season when they utilized the in-season preference.

The second, which Hossa wondered could happen, is finding a trade partner that would absorb the remainder of his contract, usually done by lower payroll teams aiming to reach the cap floor.

And it wouldn't be difficult trying to find a buyer, considering Hossa's actual salary is $1 million per year over the next three seasons. Hossa, of course, has a no movement clause but it's likely he would waive it given his status at this point.

The good news for Chicago is, the three-time Stanley Cup winner didn't rule out joining the Blackhawks organization in some capacity after his contract expires in 2020-21, whether it's in a front office role or as a team ambassador.

In 19 NHL seasons, Hossa accumulated 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games, and added 149 points (52 goals, 97 assists) in 205 postseason contests. He's one of 45 players in league history to net at least 500 goals in his career.