- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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One silver lining to all the roster changes the Blackhawks have endured this offseason is a new group of hungry players. No one epitomizes that thought more than their new goaltender, Marty Turco.
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."
Turco is famous for his puckhandling abilities. It's not an attribute a Hawk goaltender has possessed in many years. Turco downplayed that ability but didn't shrug off the importance of it.
"They pay me to stop the puck," Turco said. "The main goal is to get out of their zone. I know these snipers don't want to be waiting for the puck, they want it as soon as possible. We'll see if I can get it to them ASAP."
The Hawks have had a short offseason. Turco, on the other hand, says he's had more than enough vacation over the last couple years.
"I've had a short spring and a short summer over the last couple years so hopefully I can help them right off the get-go," he said. "The Blackhawks were top of the list before the playoffs even started. [It's] pretty lucky, pretty special to be part of the organization."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.