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.