Turgeon bought out

It appears forward Pierre Turgeon will not be back with the Dallas Stars next season.

According to Montreal radio station CKAC, the Stars have bought out the remainder of Turgeon’s contract, making him a free agent this summer.

It’s believed the move will save the Stars $6-million in salary next season. Team owner Tom Hicks has already indicated that the payroll will not increase beyond its current level and with defenceman Derian Hatcher and goaltender Marty Turco seeking new deals, some members of the current roster weren’t expected to return.

Turgeon joined the Stars two years ago as a free agent from the St. Louis Blues. It was hoped that he could settle into the role of second line centre and take some of the pressure off Mike Modano.

The 33 year old scored just 12 goals and 42 points in 65 games this season – his lowest point total since he broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 1987-88. He was hampered by ankle injuries the past two seasons which forced him to miss the final 14 games of this year and all but five games of the playoffs.


This for sure free’s up much needed payroll money to re-sign Turco and Hatcher. Both will be expensive, Turco posted record breaking numbers, and Hatcher is an UFA where the prices are all rediculous.

It should be interesting to see where Turgeon ends up. He probably will come cheap wherever it is, seeing that the numbers he put up were poor. Could this be that #2 center the Nucks were looking for at the deadline? He will be cheap now, why not. Or maybe a Columbus would like to replace him with free-agent-to-be Andrew Cassels. We shall see this summer.

28 Responses to Turgeon bought out

  1. big_booty says:

    The Turgeon signing was a mistake in the first place. He was a square peg going into Ken Hitchcock’s rounded system, and never recovered. He would be better off on a team that plays more wide-open hockey.

    Wait a moment, there aren’t any of those left, are there?

  2. mikster says:

    See…now why would Turgeon want to play again.

    What would you do if the company you worked for just gave you $6M? Hmm..


    Turgeon to a Canadian team if he comes back.

  3. GpDogs41 says:

    Derian Hatcher will be signed by Detroit and paired with young dman jiri fischer.

  4. burky says:

    I’ve always liked Turgeon and would love to have him on the Canucks if he took a pay cut, I think he’s got plenty of gas left in the tank and it would give us the depth to split up the big line.



    His numbers weren’t all bad, it just seems with Arnott, Lehtinen and Modano at center there wasn’t much room for old Pierre.

    As for salary, a one-year offers is what he’s likely to recieve, and in that case the Canucks could afford him.

  5. WeStSiDe says:

    I think he will definatley want more then 1 year. Everyone will be demanding that in their contracts, heck, even the coaches have. You are probably looking 3-4 million for Turgeon on the open market. I dont know what Vancouver has to spend though.

  6. Seattleaf says:

    Didn’t Cassels sign a TWO-year contract at the beginning of the year?

  7. leafs2003champs says:

    cassles signed a 1 year deal with the jackets with an option for a 2nd year if he reached 54 points it was his option if not it was the jackets option he had something like 62 points this year I think maybe 64

  8. rojoke says:

    Turgeon was scheduled to make $18 million next season? ‘Cause that’s what it would take to save the Stars $6 million in salary. Buyouts require the team to pay two-thirds of the remaining value of the contract. The Stars will end up saving about $2 million, if Turgeon was scheduled to make the same next year as he did this year.

  9. Mr_No_It_aLL says:

    68 points

  10. jpmac says:

    Not a chance Detroit has as much chance at singing Hatcher then the Stars would signing Lidstrom

  11. JohnFlan22 says:

    He should go back to the habs, I think he actually liked it there.

  12. keon says:

    turgeon to new york!!!

  13. gr8haluschak says:

    You can put him on a line with and Naslund and Bertuzzi and call them the Regular line, as in the regular season line because all of them seem to only show up in the regular season when it doesn’t matter.

  14. rrudd says:

    lehtinen has NEVER played center.

  15. rojoke says:

    Even worse than being bought out, the Stars placed him on waivers. I doubt seriously that anyone would put in a claim on him, not with his contract. If and when he clears, can the Stars release him outright, or do they still have to buy him out of the contract?

  16. TC_4 says:

    Yeah, that was a mistake in the article I think. I know he was making 6 mil a season, I didn’t hear the buyout cost, but like you said, 2/3.

  17. TC_4 says:

    I think the Habs should get the fans in Montreal pumped this offseason and sign Turgeon, Robitallie and Dejardins. I think they’ll go after Dejardins anyways, but Turgeon and Robitallie would be about 3.5 and 2.5 mil a season respectivly. Not that these are the kind of players the Habs need, but everyone knows that the Habs fans love their native sons.

  18. TC_4 says:

    I forgot to talk about the Stars side of it. Good move. Arnott is there as your second line centre, so you don’t need Turgeon and his 6 mil per season contract. I believe that Ulf Dahlen may not be back with them next season, because a guy like that can be replaced by a Steve Ott. Tugnutt is also gone, leaving either Cory Hirsch, Jason Bacashihua, or Dan Ellis as the back up. How about dumping Phillipe Boucher too. I know you Stars fans may think he’s valuable, but with your d-men, he’s not. Matvichuck, Zubov, Mary-Ann, Sydor, Erskine, and Odelin sounds pretty good. Also, Martin Vagner could be ready by next season.

  19. starsgirl25 says:

    yay he’ll finally be gone. i never liked him at all, oh well.

    what makes me laugh the most is that the stars’ official site has yet to put anything up about this. it’s really sad

  20. rrudd says:

    i assume mary-ann is a reference to hatcher.

    pretty tough of you to imply he’s effeminate, since every team in the league has him ranked as the top free agent because none of their d-men can hold a candle to his toughness.

    i think you might be gay yourself in fact.

  21. gr8haluschak says:

    His toughness ?, do you mean he must be very tough to pick on Comrie, Hemsky, Marchant, Kariya, Chistov and it takes such a tough guy to go in with elbows high and break JR’s jaw, or do you mean he is very tough because he runs from Laraque, Tkachuk and gets it handed to him by Isbister.

  22. TC_4 says:

    Yeah, I’m gay. Worst comeback EVER!

  23. rojoke says:

    Yeah, they absolutely ADORE Brisebois. Leave Turgeon, Robitaille and Desjardins for the Rangers to buy. There’s a pretty good core of youngsters coming up, and the last thing they want to see is three aging veterans, two of the returning for a second time, taking up potential roster spots. Like you said, they aren’t the players the team needs. They needs guys who’ll be playing in five or six years.

  24. rojoke says:

    Get rid of Boucher? Not if Doug Armstrong wants to keep his job. He plays in all situations, is a top 4 defenseman, and was one of the best free agent signings of the summer. He was second in plus-minus among Stars’ blueliners at +28, had 94 PIM, so he’s not afraid to mix it up, but still not a liability in taking a lot of dumb penalties. Odelein may be on the outs because he was a rental, and he’s older than Boucher.

  25. TC_4 says:

    Well I didn’t say “give him away, and pick up his contract”! Trade him for a young forward, you could get something for him, there has to be one or two d-men moved off this roster, that’s all. Odelein will probably leave anyways.

  26. jon95616 says:

    they cant just release him outright..he has a contract with them…he must be bought out.

  27. zubie56 says:

    No what is sad is that you guys are talking about a team you obviously know very little about. For one Ulf did not play for the Stars in the 03/04 season, to the best of my knowledge he is retired. Second Richard Matvichuck was traded that same season, he is no longer a Star. It is questionable whether or not the Stars are truly interested in Hatcher and he has to be bought out by the Wings first at any rate. I hope we don’t get him back but thats JMO. We discuss rumors on our official message board, but Turgeon getting bought out is something we all anticpated and so we are more involved in who else may not be resigned rather than dwelling on PT’s leaving which is a given even though it has not been officially announced.

    Rumors are cool but after all that is all they are. I hope he goes to the Habs myself, I like him and want him to go to a Canadian team to finish his career.

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