NEWARK, N.J. – Before a flake of snow could accumulate on the ground in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the internet was brimming with a flurry of Flyers rumors.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t about Ray Emery and his injury concerns.
Rather, it was about another goaltender: the Dallas Stars’ Marty Turco, who quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.
Turco officially became expendable by the Stars on Tuesday when they acquired Kari Lehtonen from Atlanta for defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 4th round pick. The deal was finalized late Tuesday night.
Turco’s name, though, has been connected with the Flyers in the rumor mill for weeks.
Rogers Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos was the first to report on Tuesday that the Flyers are at the top of the list for Turco, helping fuel the frenzy.
That potential move could be interesting, given Ray Emery’s current health situation and Michael Leighton’s experience in the NHL playoffs – coupled with the fact that Turco will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1.
Is it a gamble? Sure, but what's the alternative? Let Turco skate for nothing after floundering away a playoff seed? Leave the goaltending situation a major question mark heading into the summer and having bidding wars against rivals? Lehtonen's RFA status means there's a proven, affordable NHL starter as an option on a post-Turco team. Health is a concern, for sure; but it's better than fighting 10 other teams to offer $7 million per season to Evgeni Nabokov(notes).
We'll follow this story as it becomes official and if the other skate drops on Turco this evening. Follow Defending Big D for updates as well. Meanwhile, wrap your brains around Marty Turco playing for, and in front of, Flyers fans.
UPDATE: Those Turco rumors will have to sit still for now as Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk(notes) tells Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that for the moment, the team will carry three goaltenders.
Plus Briere has a NTC and would be serious overpayment imo.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 02-10-2010 at 10:49 AM.
Never been too high on this account as a credible source but thought it was something important. Plus Briere has a NTC and would be serious overpayment imo.
Delete this thread if necessary.
I like Briere and, in a cap free world, I want him on this team. But if they could move his contract for an expiring one... I think I pull the trigger. That way, they still have options in the offseason to explore Price, Halak, or any of the other young goalies. Though it would be painful to lose Briere and then have to trade another top-6 to land yet another goalie.