The goaltending go-round is finally over. After two full months of anticipation in the free agent market, the question of where the elite goalies will be playing next season appears to have come into focus. At least for the most part. As we know, Nabakov was signed by the KHL and will by plying his wares abroad, likely through the end of his career. While that path was always less likely for Turco, there remained questions regarding where he might fit in.
Marty Turco is an interesting conundrum of a player. He’s been a talented keeper for the Dallas Stars throughout his career, tallying 262 wins, against only 154 losses. He’s got a career 2.31 GAA with a .911 save percentage. Frankly they’re pretty solid numbers, and it looks that he would be set in Dallas for the long-term. At least until this last season, where he lost some starts to newly acquired Kari Lehtonen. Turco was on the outs with Dallas, and hit the market looking to make some money toiling away in another city.
Unfortunately it didn’t look like a great market for keepers, and Turco finally ended up, as the title of this post indicates, with Chicago. Turco signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract and is the obvious replacement to Niemi. Niemi was awarded a $2.75 million contract by the arbiter, and Chicago walked away from it. It was an interesting turn of events, with the Stanley Cup winning goaltender now unemployed. Since Chicago walked away from his award, Niemi is now a free agent, and certainly there will be a couple teams vying for his signature.
Will the Kings be one of them?
Probably (hopefully) not. There’s no reason for him to fit in with the Kings, but the player is probably not as talented as the adjective “Stanley Cup winning) makes him seem, but he’s certainly a passable talent for a team looking for some support in net. Will Washington make a move? Philadelphia? Where will last years championship keeper end up? And will Turco be able to fill the void at half the price? I suppose we’ll find out. In the meantime, what do you think?