For most hockey fans, NBC’s Pierre McGuire is nearly insufferable. The ice-level color announcer’s constant hyperbole and love affair with particular players makes everyone a bit uncomfortable.
And it seems Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marty Turco is in the same boat.
At some point during the Flyers’ 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon, a cut shot to McGuire giving analysis between benches also featured Turco gesturing slightly in Pierre’s direction before shaking his head in annoyance and disapproval. And it doesn’t come off like a joke.
Just days after unrestricted free agent goaltender Marty Turco officially denied a multi-year deal with the Flyers, the 35-year-old backstop has accepted a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The signing came immediately following the announcement that the Blackhawks had officially released Stanley Cup winning restricted free agent goaltender Antti Niemi, after arbitration awarded the 26-year-old Finn $2.75 million. With money issues, Niemi was simply a cap casualty.
It looks like the Flyers will have to find a goalie at auction.
According to Pierre LeBrun and E.J. Hradek of ESPN, the Flyers received permission to negotiate with Dallas goaltender Marty Turco, only to feel the familiar burn of being sent away.
Per LeBrun’s twitter …
“Traded texts with Turco this morning who confirmed the Flyers’ offer but said he wanted to see what was on the market Thursday.”
According to media sources, the Flyers are in talks with the Dallas Stars to acquire 34-year old netminder Marty Turco.
Adding fuel to the potential deal, Kevin Allen of USA Today is reporting that the Stars have acquired Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen, which set the trade wheel in motion and would likely spell the end for Turco in Dallas.
According to multiple reports, most noticeably Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Flyers have interest in acquiring 34-year old goalie Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars.