The Bruins signed Turco, who had been playing in Austria, to a one-year contract Monday but he had to pass through waivers. Had another team put in a waiver claim on Turco, he would have been ineligible to play in any games for them.
Turco joined the team Wednesday for practice at Ristuccia Arena in Boston. He will not be eligible to play in the postseason because he signed too late, but Turco is expected to help offset the loss of Tuukka Rask, who is expected to be out four-to-six weeks with an abdomen/groin injury.
The 36-year-old Turco has 273 career victories in his 10-year NHL career. The first nine were spent with Dallas before he played one year with Chicago. Turco did some work as an analyst for NHL Network before signing with FC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria earlier this season.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday