Due to their unstable goaltending situation, the Bruins recently signed veteran goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year, $600,000 contract. The price is very reasonable considering Turco was one of the top goaltenders in the league as recent as three seasons ago.
He has played in 538 NHL games with 273 wins. He has been to the Stanley Cup playoffs on five different occasions, all with the Dallas Stars.
Turco was last seen in the NHL as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks where he only played in 29 games and posted an 11-11-3 record. Prior to signing with the Bruins, he played in the EBEL on a team called Red Bull Salzburg. He had only played in four games.
Turco was contacted by the Bruins after their backup goaltender Tuukka Rask injured his groin in a game against the New York Islanders. He is scheduled to miss four to six weeks, but he should be back in time for the playoffs.
Turco, who will be unavailable during the Bruins’ 2012 postseason campaign, saw his first action in the Black and Gold on Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He replaced Tim Thomas in goal after he was chased for allowing three goals in the opening period. Turco went on to record 20 saves and two goals allowed.
He will fit the job of backup goaltender during this stretch of the season. With that being said, did the Bruins really need to go out and acquire another goaltender? Rask’s injury will hurt, but it will not hurt as much as some people are saying. It is not like Rask was going to see any action in the postseason anyway.
The Bruins brought up Michael Hutchinson of the AHL Providence Bruins prior to signing Turco. He is the backup goalie for Anton Khudobin who has been out of action with a wrist injury. Both of those young goaltenders would have been suitable backups for Thomas.
There is no need to scrape up points in the month of March, which is obviously what the Bruins were thinking when they signed the veteran netminder. Hutchinson or Khudobin would have been called in to take some starts off of Thomas’ hands so he could get some rest. At this point in the season, that is all you really need.
Boston has a playoff spot wrapped up, so why try to fight for some points in the month of March? Home ice advantage means zero in the sport of hockey. If you make the top eight, you have just as good a chance as any team in the playoffs.
Currently, the Bruins (number two seed) would match up against the Ottawa Senators (number seven seed). With only two points separating these two teams for first place in the Northeast Division, the first round match-up would remain the same no matter what the seeding is. The Bruins are 4-1-0 against the Senators this season.
The signing of Turco will turn out to be a minor deal when fans look back, but he did not even need to be acquired in the first place.