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.
He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.
— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft