March 5, 2012

Bruins ink veteran goalie Marty Turco

By Jesse Connolly

In light of the news that Tuukka Rask will likely miss the remainder of the regular season, the Bruins have signed veteran goaltender Marty Turco. 

Reports indicate the deal is for $600,000, prorated, and will expire at season's end. Because Turco signed after the NHL's trade deadline, he is not eligible to partake in the postseason.

Turco, who was most recently playing over in Austria after leaving his post as a commentator with the NHL Network, is 37 and has 538 career games under his belt. Majority of those came with the Dallas Stars, who drafted him fifth overall way back in 1994.

Following the 2009-10 season, the former Michigan standout signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Turco went 11-11-3 with a sub-par, 3.02 goals-against average and .897 save percentage, eventually losing his starting gig to understudy Corey Crawford.

Turco's best seasons came early on in his Dallas career, prior to the lockout. In 2002-03 he went 31-10-10 with a microscopic 1.72 goals-against average. The following season, he won 37 games and had nine shutouts.

For his career, Turco is 273-165-26. Now that he's back in the league, his 41 shutouts place him eighth among all active netminders.

It must be noted that the Bruins aren't guaranteed to keep Turco, however, as the netminder must first pass through waivers before joining Boston, meaning any teams below the B's in the standings can try to claim him.

If the three-time All Star doesn't get claimed by another club, he is expected to join the Bruins on Wednesday.