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Marty Turco is taking his talents to Salzburg for the weekend

Dec 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

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Looks like NHL scorers won’t have Marty Turco to kick around anymore.

Turco is taking his talents and heading to Austria where he’s signed a short-term deal to play with EC Salzburg. There he’ll play in a tournament with the team next weekend. So much for buying that Alpine lodge and learning to yodel.

Turco spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks as a backup goalie to Corey Crawford after initially being brought in to start. Instead, Turco took a backseat after Crawford seized the starting job helping the Hawks roll into the playoffs nearly upsetting Vancouver in the first round.

While there’s been a host of teams dealing with goaltending issues this season, Turco hasn’t gotten a call for a job. Turco was rumored to be talking to the Maple Leafs earlier this season but that proved to be false. Playing in Austria for even a weekend sure makes for a nice way to kill time and at least potentially show you’ve still got it.

  1. lsxphotog - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Tampa…

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      no doubt. can’t understand how a guy like Marty Turco is reduced to signing in Europe when you have teams in the NHL with lesser goaltending. this guy is a better puck handler than most defensemen… not to mention he’s just a funny solid guy to be around.

      its unfortunate the way this league treats it’s goaltenders…

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