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.