BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed at this time. Chiarelli will be available to comment on the transaction on Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. outside the Bruins locker room at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON before the Bruins/Maple Leafs game.
Turco will be placed on waivers and if he clears waivers, he will join the Bruins on Wednesday, March 7. Please also note that if he does clear waivers, he will not be eligible to play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs should the Bruins qualify, as he is joining the club after the Trade Deadline.
The 36-year-old Turco is a 10-year NHL veteran who has played in 538 regular season games with the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks. In his NHL career, he owns a 273-165-43 record with a .910 Save Percentage, 2.35 Goals Against Average and 41 shutouts. He has compiled 30+ wins in a season six times, most recently in 2008-09 with Dallas, and set a career high in wins with 41 during the 2005-06 season.
Turco has played in 47 postseason contests – all with Dallas – where he went 21-26 with a 2.17 GAA, a .914 Save Percentage and seven shutouts.
During the 2010-11 NHL season as a member of the Blackhawks, Turco went 11-11-3 with a 3.02 GAA and .897 Save Percentage. Turco most recently played for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian First Division this year, where he made four regular season appearances and recorded a 2.64 Goals Against Average and .934 Save Percentage. He also played in six postseason games for Red Bull Salzburg and registered a 3.16 GAA And .911 Save Percentage.
The Sault Ste. Marie, ON native was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (124th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first nine NHL seasons with Dallas before signing with the Blackhawks as a free agent on August 2, 2010.
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