The Marty Turco issue
We’ve talked about our “sourcing” policy at our paper before, but to reiterate, I need to get something confirmed pretty well before I can report it as fact. So when some out there say that Marty Turco will not be re-signed and could be available at the trade deadline, I need to get that from somebody within the organization who agrees to be a “source” and agrees to know that my editors know that person is the “source.”
That’s not something people who are trying to stay anonymous want to do, so I have not been able to confirm these reports.
Now, as for the logic of reports that Turco won’t be re-signed, I think we all can speculate that those could very well come true. Turco can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Stars decided that they would use this season to help determine whether they wanted to re-sign him. So far, with Turco posting a 14-13-8 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .905 save percentage, the odds are he will not be given an offer.
After nine years in a Stars uniform (including a ton of regular season franchise records), the Stars are probably going to end up looking for a new goalie.
Who is that goalie and when will the Stars find him? It appears they are looking around the NHL right now and trying to get a feel on some of the netminders who are out there. It appears they would like a younger goalie who can grow with the franchise, but who can also step in right now and win some games.
The names you’ll hear tossed around a lot are: Jaroslav Halak in Montreal, Cory Schneider in Vancouver and Kari Lehtonen in Atlanta.
I just don’t see Montreal moving Halak right now. He’s 24, and he’s frustrated at being behind Carey Price, but the bottom line is the Canadiens need both goalies, as they want to make a run at the playoffs. He might be available in the summer, but it would take a big offer to pry him from Montreal right now. Schneider is a better option. He’s 6-2 (which falls into the Stars’ desire to get a bigger goalie), he’s 23, and he seems eternally stuck behind Roberto Luongo in Vancouver.