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Flyers made offer for Marty Turco

Jun 28, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

Some interesting developments this morning as ESPN is reporting,
several times and by several different mediums, that the Philadelphia
Flyers have reached out and made an offer to impending free agent
goaltender Marty Turco. Supposedly the offer was for $2 million a year, a
far cry from the $5.8 million he made last season and certainly not the
paycut he was expecting to take.

When Turco was reached, he
acknowledged the offer before saying he’s willing to wait and see what
the free agency market shakes out to be.

This doesn’t sound right,
does it?

Technically, what the Flyers just did was tampering a
potential free agent. Technically, Marty Turco still belongs to the
Dallas Stars and other teams cannot enter into negotiations with a
player who is under contract with another team.

ESPN’s Pierre
LeBrun shakes this off and says it’s o.k., since the Dallas Stars “gave
permission” to the Flyers to make an offer to Turco. I still don’t
understand how that would work, since the Flyers wouldn’t be able to
sign him to that offer anyways, since he’s still under contract by the
Stars.

One option would be that if Turco did agree with the
offer, then the Stars would likely trade his rights to Philadelphia in
exchange for a conditional draft pick. Even if that were the case, it
still feels as if the two teams are dancing on a fine line with
tampering.

Talking with the media on Saturday after the draft, GM
Paul Holmgren was careful not to say anything that could be regarded as
tampering. When asked if he could negotiate with a player’s agent if he
had permission to and he was particularly vague about the answer.

It’s
going to be interesting to see how this shakes out. As far as this
actual issue stands, it doesn’t appear to be anything other than talk.
Despite the paycut he’ll have to take, Turco is going to make more than
$2 million next season; I can understand why he turned down that offer.

  1. Jeff - Jun 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Lebrun already pointed out that Dallas gave Philly permission. Also I’d have to check the exact date, but I believe in the CBA you can talk to agents before july 1st.
    This is really no different then Boston telling Thomas’s agent that he can look for a trade.

  2. Matt - Jun 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    I thought I was on PFT for a minute with the tampering talk.
    You got me worried, Brandon.

  3. dan - Jun 28, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    makes no sense since friday they have the rights to talk to Nabokov. Who i think will turn down flyers and sign with washington.

  4. DStrope - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    they both suck for the money they want, they need to get a young goaltending, and then one for the future!!!!!!

  5. Flyers Fan - Jun 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    no…its not tampering because the flyers were given permission. so turco cud of accepted the contract verbally and than the flyers wud of probably given the stars a late round pick in exchange for turco, and than would of technically signed him. LUCKILY for us flyers fans he didnt sign. first i wud want a young goalie with talent and potential such as jonathan bernier, than i wud settle for nabokov, and than i wud just sign leighton. i DO NOT WANT turco or thomas.

  6. don - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    See the trade/UFA deal the Flyers did years ago for bust Chris Gratton. It was a sign and trade thing before FA. the Flyers are good at this. JR was signed immediately also. Like the guys comment about Florio. Love PFt but Hockey talk is long over due. lets go flyers

  7. John - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Teams can allow other teams to talk to their players who are pending free agents. They can also decline their permission, and if a team talks to a free agent to be without permission, then it’s tampering
    Also, the Flyer never traded for Nabokov’s rights-they got permission from San Jose on the condition that if he signed in Philly before July 1st, the Flyers would compensate the Sharks with a 2011 pick.
    If you’re going to write an article on hockey, maybe do the twenty minutes of research that would have answered your question and saved us all the time.

  8. Stars Fan in TN - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    The only difference in Philly talking to Turco and Philly talking with Nabokov is the Sharks asked for compensation to speak. Dallas didn’t require it, thus nothing was made of it.

  9. Patrick Bouldin - Jul 15, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Check out this awesome Marty Turco commentary:
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/tyler-green-bouldin/recap-of-turcos-career-in-dallas/459576774427

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