Turco tempting for team to trade
If Minnesota Wild backup Dwayne Roloson fetched a first-round draft pick from the desperate Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline in 2006, shouldn’t Dallas Stars starter Marty Turco be the same attractive bait?
Turco has been the Stars No. 1 guy since Eddie Belfour left the team in 2002, but his contract is up July 1, Dallas isn’t winning a Stanley Cup with this edition and Turco turns 35 in August.
His marketability will never be higher to, say, pitch him to the Washington Capitals if they want to tag-team Turco with Jose Theodore because the Caps have the talent to make it to the Cup final. Or maybe the Philadelphia Flyers, who are scrambling to get into the playoffs, want him.
Turco, as unflappable as any goalie, is taking it day-by-day. He’s not the player he once was, but, like Roloson, who is 40, there’s lots of tread left on Turco’s tires. His game Friday against the Oilers was only No. 492. That’s half of what Martin Brodeur has played for the New Jersey Devils, and he’s 37.
Turco is philosophical with the trade deadline five weeks away, and Dallas maybe looking to start over. They may trade for Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak or Kari Lehtonen in Atlanta or even a younger Cory Schneider, who’ll never be able to push Canucks starter Roberto Luongo aside in Vancouver.