– With goaltender Tuukka Rask
out for 4-6 weeks, General Manager Peter Chiarelli called it a fortunate situation that veteran net-minder Marty Turco
was available after the trade deadline.
|Turco with the Blackhawks |
What’s not so fortunate is that he still has to clear waivers before he can join the Black & Gold, and Chiarelli said there is a 50-50 chance that happens.
“Playing in Europe, and the fact that he’s actually played is good,” Chiarelli said before Tuesday’s game. “The fact that a goalie like that is actually available after the trade deadline is fortunate to a certain degree, but there are other teams that need some goaltending help also. I’d say it’s 50-50 he'll clear waivers.”
Until then, Michael Hutchinson
is serving as Tim Thomas
’ backup. Providence goaltender Anton Khudobin
was in line as the No. 3 goaltender in case Rask or Thomas were injured, but he is sidelined with an upper body injury.
“It’s just kind of an imperfect storm,” Chiarelli said. “But every team has their injuries and deals with them, and of course Khudobin is a guy that we tried to put in our place for number three, and he’s hurt now. It is what is.”
Chiarelli also said that Rask, who suffered a lower abdominal strain and groin strain Saturday against the New York Islanders, will be out closer to the six week side of the 4-6 week timetable.
If the Bruins get Turco, he will bring a strong veteran presence to the club. Turco has played 10 seasons in the NHL – his first nine coming with the Dallas Stars before playing with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010-11 season.
“Well, he brings us obviously some depth with Tuukka going down and Khudobin being hurt,” Chiarelli said. “His agent had contacted us over the weekend and I knew his agent had been shopping Marty prior to the deadline, and when Tuukka went down I talked to his agent and we came up with an agreement.
Turco’s record over 10 NHL seasons sits at 273-165-26-40, with a 2.35 goals-against-average, a .910 save percentage and 41 career shutouts.
At the start of this season, Turco was unable to find a team so he joined the Red Bull Salzburg of the Erste Bank Hockey League in Austria.
Chiarelli said that Turco’s motivation to get back to the NHL is evident, and he is confident about the physical shape the 36-year old goalie is in.
“The motivation will be there,” Chiarelli said. “It’s whether, what type of game condition he’s in. I spoke with the manager, and he said he was in good condition and had some good games and did quite well.”
Whether the Bruins end up getting Turco, or use Khudobin once he is healthy, what’s most important is that Tim Thomas
is rested for the postseason.
“It’s important, and we’ve seen before that it’s important,” Chiarellis said. “Just the history has shown it’s important to spell him. But in his early years, he’s also played a ton of games too in a row. In an ideal situation, you want to rest him for the playoffs and that’s what we’re trying to do.”--- Anthony Gulizia and John Bishop