Hold your breath, but recently retired, now un-retired Marty Turco has signed with the Boston Bruins.
Turco, the 36 year-old netminder last game was last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Only starting 29 games and losing the perceived-to-be starting position to Corey Crawford, Turco posted a 11-11-3 record. Not necessarily that great of an effort, especially considering the Blackhawks made the playoffs with a 44-29-9 record, Bruins fans may be a little worried.
Turco’s career his most notably playing with the Dallas Stars. Playing 9 season with the club since the 2000-2001 season, Turco had a record of 262-154-40; a winning percentage of 51.4%. Although having many NCAA honors with the Univeristy of Michigan, Turco has never won the Stanley Cup or have any real honors besides winning the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (Best Save Percentage) for both the 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 seasons.
The Boston Bruins signed the netminder due to backup goalie Tuukka Rask being out 4-6 weeks. Rask, who has only played 23 games, has a lower abdominal/groin strain.Rask has yet to receive his big break in the NHL, only 24 years-old, has played his entire NHL career with the Boston Bruins. His stats is 47-35-11 with a .926 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average. Hopefully he returns healthy without any lingering injuries.
Bruin fans can exhale as Turco will probably play less than 5 games in the remainder of the season which is only 18 games for the Bruins. Further more, the Bruins have a 3 point lead over the Northeast Division and 3 games in hand over the trailing Ottawa Senators. Playoffs are a lock, and most likely, so is the division lead. The weight will be placed on controversial Facebooker Tim Thomas. Thomas has a 9th best 27 wins and a 10th best 2.28 goals against average. Interesting note: if the Bruins make the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and if perhaps Tuukka Rask is not back healthy, Turco will not be able to play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as he joined after the trade deadline.
Is this move a good move for the Boston Bruins? Will Turco get many games? What are your thoughts on this whole Turco-Bruins situation? Can Turco just retire from the NHL and the NHL Network?