Monday, March 5, 2012
With Tuukka Rask Out 4-6 Weeks, Bruins Scramble to Sign Marty Turco
The Boston Bruins announced tonight that goaltender Tuukka Rask will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a lower abdomen/groin strain suffered on Saturday against the Islanders.
He's lucky not to have a more serious injury, like to his surgically repaired left knee but this will put him out of action until the playoffs. Realizing that they couldn't play Tim Thomas every single game or rely on 22-year-old Michael Hutchinson from the Providence Bruins quite yet, the B's signed NHL veteran Marty Turco to a one-year deal.
From ESPNBoston's Joe McDonald:
Turco, 36, played in only four regular-season games for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian First Division this season. He will be placed on NHL waivers, and if he clears, he will join the Bruins on Wednesday. If he clears waivers, Turco will not be eligible for the Stanley Cup playoffs because he will join the Bruins after the trade deadline.
Turco's contract is pro rated for $600,000, a league source tells ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
Turco played 10 seasons in the NHL with the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks. He has a 273-165-43 career record with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He posted 41 career shutouts and compiled six 30-plus win seasons.
After playing the first nine years of his career with Dallas, Turco spent the 2010-2011 season with the Blackhawks and posted an 11-11-3 record with a 3.02 GAA and an .897 save percentage.
Turco is clearly washed up but with only 18 games left in the regular season, Boston only will need him to make a start or two every few weeks. Plus they can pick and choose when they want to roll him out of mothballs (back-to-backs or against shitbums).
Boston is back in action tomorrow night in Toronto as they look to snap a two-game losing streak. The Maple Leafs are five points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth spot in 12th place so needless to say, they are a desperate team that needs two points.