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Has Marty Turco played in his last NHL game?

Apr 2, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 31: Marty Turco #1 of the Boston Bruins tends net in warmups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

As expected, the Boston Bruins have called up goaltender Anton Khudobin from the AHL, which means Marty Turco might have played in his last NHL contest.

The Bruins signed Turco to fill the void left by Tuukka Rask, who is recovering from a groin injury. The problem is that Turco isn’t eligible to participate in the playoffs, so he could never be more than a short-term fix. Khudobin might start in Tuesday’s game and then Tim Thomas will probably play on Thursday and Saturday as the Bruins get ready for the postseason.

That means that Turco has probably played between the pipes with the Boston Bruins for the last time this season. He might try to extend his NHL career further, but he’ll turn 37 on Aug. 13 and his tenure with Boston produced mixed results. On the plus side, Turco was in net for Boston’s 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday, so if this is the end of his NHL career, then he’ll be going out a winner.

  1. dolanster - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Nice pads and gloves tho — does he get to keep them? Anyone know how much he cost the Bruins per game?

    • onearmdragon - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      He did what was needed, get them a few starts till Khudobin was available. Refinitely time to retire though. Likely retirement time, can’t see him pulling a Roloson.

      $600,000 for the season, pay is per game so that prorates to $7317 each. He dressed for 12 games and appeared in 5 for a record of 2W 1L, so 15 with the last three.

      $109,755.00 is a lot of biscuits for a month of hockey.

  2. jond86 - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Well, got a few wins and another shot. Besides that one horrific game I think he did what was expected of him. With Rask not even skating yet it makes sense to give Khudobin some ice time as he may be backing up TT. Thanks Marty, good luck!

  3. dawglb - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    So, are you suggesting that Pittsburgh gets to face the AHL kid? That’s just freakin’ great. Who is calling the shots here? Our great Crosby-loving commish?? Philly gets the shaft again.

    • miketoasty - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      Wow and I thought Pittsburgh fans were conspiracy crazy, but I think you just took the cake with that one. Boston is playing for the future, which doesn’t involve Turco. Get over it.

    • govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Everyone is out to get you. It’s a vast NHL-wide conspiracy, and has nothing to do with the remaining three games being totally pointless to the Bruins. If it were the Flyers in this position you’d be expecting guys like Giroux and Bryzgalov to rest up a bit for a meaningless week, wouldn’t you?

      Khudobin is pretty good, really- he’s buried in the depth chart behind Thomas and Rask, but that’s two quality goalies ahead of him. On many NHL rosters, he’d at least be the #2 goalie, and I’d put him well ahead of the starter in a few cities. The Pens may beat him, but I don’t think they’ll have an easy time of it.

      …unless the NHL makes the Bruins play without a goalie, in order to further their pro-Penguin agenda… right?

  4. mcmurphy22 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Marty looked okay the last 2 starts, but I don’t think khudobin will be much different. If the Bs rest chara/seids it’ll make a much bigger difference.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    K is also coming off an injury so let’s not anoint him the backup savior yet. Turco played really well with his increased playing time. He should at least get a training camp invite somewhere

    • bauerstick - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      I Heartly Agree…. (See Bauersticks’ Comment ).

  6. 8man - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    I don’t understand why Thomas is playing in any of the remaining games, much less the last two, but I’ll leave that to Claude.

  7. pastabelly - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    There is no need to play Thomas more than 20 minutes in any of the three remaining games. The Tuukka injury set Thomas back too much and now is the time to somewhat offset the impact of all of the games that Thomas played.

  8. mcmurphy22 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Turco first off the ice this morning, might get the start. Interesting, as long as its not TT I’m happy. Also looks like we’re ganna get a look at Krug.

  9. bauerstick - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    HMMN. The ol’ ” renting of Players…. just around the Time of the Stanley Cup Playoffs ! I am wishing

    Marty Turco the BEST and Most Just outcome in all of this !! He Proved His reliability with Russias’

    Kontinental League in the pipes, just as He made a Good Showing with the Chicago Blackhawks

    earlier. How old is Martin Brodour Over @ New Jersey ?? ( Will this Season be His Last ??) It is

    somewhat of an “insult ” to the wear —

    with — all of a Player in the N.H.L. or any other Professional Hockey Organizations, when a Player

    is ‘Rented “at the end of a season! Yes, I agree, it provides the Player some Ice Time and

    consequentially keeps the “Wolf away from their Families’ Door “. However, the Tension in the Act

    reflects on the Hockey Club that is initiating the ” Player Rental “, vs. the self — esteem of the Player

    vs. the “feasiblity ” and Future of the Player Being Rented. At CONTRACT Renewal Time….. who

    comes Out on — top…. The Player, or the Franchise that has “Rented” Him ??

    The many feel and think the Fair solution in the matter would hinge on affordable and acceptable

    Severance Pay for the player that has been ” rented .” In addition, He needs to be offered a WRITTEN

    assurance by Both the League and the Franchise that held His last option. This Written assurance

    would see that the Individual ” Rentee ” would be Utilized in an Athletic / Coaching position for a Team

    that Needed His Specific Skill and Talent. (ie., a Goalie, make Him a Goalie Coach or a Forward /

    Wing man, make him a Trainer/ coach of a Power Forward special team….Centre — Centers’ Coach

    Defensemen….Defensive Line coach…etc., etc., . ) This would SEEM to solve or Remedy the

    reputation of a Player, a franchise, the League and ALL individuals Involved.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Was that a poem?

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