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Bruins sign Marty Turco after Rask injury

Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:07 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:21 pm
Turco spent 2010-11 in Chicago. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Not even an hour after the Boston Bruins announced that backup goaltender Tuukka Rask was going to miss the next 4-6 weeks with an abdomen strain/groin strain, they found their new (and temporary) backup by signing veteran Marty Turco.

Turco, who most recently played in the NHL with the Blackhawks last season, has spent time this year playing in Austria's First Division. In six postseason starts, he had a 3.16 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Pierre LeBrun of reports that it won't cost the Bruins much, the deal is just for one year and will cost $600,000, pro rated of course.

Before we get too far, it's important to note that Turco has to clear waivers before anything else. Remember last year the Red Wings signed Evgeni Nabokov from Russia but the Islanders claimed him and he never made it to Detroit.

So that's the big question here. Will any team claim Turco and now allow him to join the Bruins? Just throwing it out there but what about the Tampa Bay Lightning? Dwayne Roloson has been usurped by Mathieu Garon and hardly plays any more. They are right in the thick of things in the East again. I could also see an argument for the Senators making a claim seeing as how they are chasing the Bruins in the Northeast right now and Alex Auld hasn't inspired a lot of confidence either.

Further, even if he does make it through waivers and ends up with the Bruins, he won't be eligible to play in the playoffs. The waiver deadline for playoff additions was last week.

Last season with the Blackhawks Turco was 11-11-3 with a 3.02 goals against average and save percentage of .897. He didn't have any offers from the NHL at the time so headed to Europe.

Turco was in Boston last year for the Stanley Cup Final, as an analyst on the NHL Network's coverage.

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Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:47 pm

Bruins sign Marty Turco after Rask injury

DOes it really matter who the backup is? if thomas goes down so will the Bruins

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:56 pm

Bruins sign Marty Turco after Rask injury

Hey the Leafs should claim Turco if they want to make the platoffs cause the two goalies they have are brutal!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:17 am

Bruins sign Marty Turco after Rask injury

Bruins are like the redsox take anybody that is cheap and injured,bad move on there part. won't improve anything because there offense sux.Foot in mouth

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:08 pm

Bruins sign Marty Turco after Rask injury

They'll throw Turco into a few low-risk games against weak teams to keep Thomas strong for the play-offs, because even if Rask is back in time for the play-offs, they may not want to risk playing him under playoff pressure after a layoff unless they absolutely have to.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:50 pm

Bruins sign Marty Turco after Rask injury

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