So the Dallas Stars made a committment to Marty Turco, who was due to be a free agent this summer. Was it a good signing?
He's undoubtedly proven himself in the regular season, having been among the league elites since taking over for Ed Belfour. But he's won just one series in his career in the postseason in three chances (and still has yet to beat Detroit in the regular season), and his play has largely been responsible for Dallas' failures in the postseason. Yes, JS Giguere was playing in another league that year with Anaheim, but the bottom line was that Dallas was tied or had a lead in every one of the six games that year with less than five minutes remaining, and wound up losing four of those games.
That's when you want your goalie to step up and make the big save, and Turco has yet to do it despite a reputation for doing so at Michigan during his college days.
The market was set for free agent goalies when Khabibulin signed a four-year, $27 million contract, so getting Turco at a million dollar per year discount is good by comparison (though Khabibulin's Cup win certaintly added value to his contract).
Dallas is paying Turco to carry them to a Cup victory, but he has to prove he's worth the money startng this April.
Posted by djbrown at 1/6/2006 6:29:00 AM