If Turco was a Hawks trade target, the terms just changed

The Olympic break and the NHL’s trade embargo until Monday means this is probably the longest we’ve gone without some kind of Blackhawks goalie talk-slash-rumor-slash-fear, so here’s something:

The Dallas Stars waived goalie Alex Auld, making it seem unlikely they will trade veteran Marty Turco, a name rumored to be of interest to the Blackhawks. By waiving Auld, the Stars are down to Turco and the recently acquired Kari Lehtonen, the former Thrasher who spent time playing for the Wolves.

It’s not that the Stars won’t trade Turco. Hey, everybody’s available. But waiving Auld means the Stars would need a goalie in return.

Turco was 4-1-1 with a 1.15 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage in his last six games before the Olympic break. In 43 games overall, he has a 2.63 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Turco’s save percentage is better than Hawks netminders Antti Niemi’s .913 and Cristobal Huet’s .903, but his GAA is worse than Niemi’s 2.16 and Huet’s 2.29.

Turco and the Stars missed the playoffs last season, but in the spring of 2008, he backstopped the Stars to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to eventual champion Detroit. Point being, Turco beat Anaheim and San Jose in consecutive rounds, while Huet and Niemi have never won a playoff series.


2 Responses to If Turco was a Hawks trade target, the terms just changed

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    It may not cost the Hawks one of their big team goalies, as i would assume they prefer to move the more expensive Huet, but why would dallas want him? So instead it could cost them an excellent young player or prospects/picks. Plus if they can't move huet, they now have to scramble to dump salary elsewhere….so in the end they may just stand pat.

  2. number15 says:

    Hawks signed a good but expencive old goalie, Khabibulin, then he cam to Chicago and played like average….. until his contract year and then bolted out of town

    Hawks signed a good goalie, Huet, to an expencive contract and he is playing like a backup since…… wait till the contract year, and then he will bolt outa town

    Marty Turco is similar to Khabibulin. kinda old, and in contract year…. Hawks will make a trade and then sign him to an expencive contract…. then he will play average at best…… until his contract year, ofcourse, lol

    Hawks just have bad luck with goalies….. though they cant afford develop a young goalie since they r a WIN NOW team. they likely will pull a Turco deal, if not him then someone similar

    too bad

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