Turco may face former team, but not Wednesday

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Turco may face former team, but not Wednesday

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
1:45 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Marty Turco figures he has a couple chances to face his old team, the Dallas Stars.

He just won't be doing it on Wednesday night.

Corey Crawford will get the start when the Blackhawks host Turco's former team at the United Center on Wednesday. Crawford has won six consecutive starts heading into the game. For Turco, a chance to play Dallas, where he played for nine seasons before signing with Chicago this summer, would be great. But he understands the decision.

"Corey's playing well and deserves to (start)," Turco said. "That's why I came here, to win. I have zero problems with it.

Turco hasn't gotten off to the record he would've liked here in Chicago, where he's lost his last three decisions. He's currently 8-8-2 with a 2.90 goals-against average. Crawford has been surging to a 7-4-0 mark with a 2.34 GAA.

Quenneville went away from Crawford last Friday, putting Turco in against the Vancouver Canucks. Quenneville said all things considered, it was a difficult decision.

"The other day we went against the grain against Vancouver," Quenneville said.
"(Corey's) earned the opportunity to play. That's kind of where we're at."

With three more games against the Stars this season, including Feb. 11 and March 17 matchups in Dallas. Turco figures he'll get his shot at some point.

"If it was an Eastern Conference team and this was my only shot at them I might puff out my chest. But it's no big deal, really, as long as we beat them," Turco said with a smile. "I came here to win and be part of the winning formula. (Crawford's) playing well, he's hot, what else can you say? I have no problem with it."

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

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Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.

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Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."

Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.

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Dineen, 52, has spent the last two seasons as Joel Quenneville's right-hand man, and helped guide the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2015.

He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers, where he went 56-62-28 in two and a half seasons with the team.

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Dineen is familiar with the Colorado area as well, playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 1981-83. He scored 26 goals and 23 assists in 67 games across two seasons with the Pioneers, and was named captain as a sophomore.

Because he's under contract with the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche would have to seek permission to interview Dineen, and it's possible it already happened.

The Avalanche are looking to replace Patrick Roy after he resigned on Aug. 11 due to philosophical differences with management.

Roy was 130-92-24 in three years with the Avalanche, guiding his former club to a Central Division title in his first season but missing out on the playoffs the past two years.