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Anyone for Marty Turco?
Apparently, Paul Holmgren has some interest.
The Flyers General Manager reportedly made an offer to the future free agent to the tune of a three year, six million dollar deal. Turco turned it down, opting to see if a better deal comes his way when free agency begins on July 1st.
According to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the human eye at this point, the Flyers have really set out to get a top-notch goaltender this off-season. Turco and Evgeni Nabokov have each been offered deals by the Flyers, but neither have accepted, opting to make themselves open to all teams in three days. Still, don’t expect the Flyers to stop their hunt for a goaltender anytime soon. This will be a fun topic to follow over the next week, and hopefully the Flyers can get a player that will give them a steady backbone for next season and, hopefully, beyond.
Turco has played his entire career for the Dallas Stars and is 34 years old.
Check out Carchidi’s article here: FLYERS MAKE PITCH FOR GOALIE MARTY TURCO
My, what 48 hours can do.
Tuesday night in Nashville, the Flyers garnered one point of a possible two. They lost their starting goaltender for the rest of the season to a high ankle sprain. They had to scratch and claw their way to even tie the game to send the contest into overtime in the first place. Thursday night they got the job done a little easier, and made it much easier on themselves in the process.
The Flyers came into Dallas a team with far more questions than answers surrounding it. They came out with high hopes and a reason to believe. It wasn’t a perfect win, and some may say it wasn’t even a deserved win, but you had better believe it was a GOOD win. Two points is two points is two points. There’s no other way to look at it, and the Flyers are now deeper into the Eastern Conference Playoff Race as a result of the two points they added to their name last night.
Dallas showed they would be a worthy opponent throughout, and the Stars got the game started by having a few long-standing sequences of action in front of “new” Flyers starting goaltender Brian Boucher. Boosh didn’t look flawless during these attacks, but he held his own. Eventually, the Stars broke through in the form of a personal Philly killer in Steve Ott. Ott took a one-time feed from Nicklas Grossman on the power play and buried it between the legs of the Flyers’ keeper. The Flyers didn’t back down, however, something they showed in Tuesday’s game against Nashville, and eventually the Flyers took care of business by tying the game up in the form of Simon Gagne picking up the trash in front after Mike Richards had made a great play to get the puck to the front of Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen. The score stayed that way until with just over two minutes to play in the first period, a beautiful tick-tack-toe passing play amongst Stars players in the Flyers end found – you guessed it – Steve Ott on the doorstep and he buried the puck into the empty net as Boosh was completely out of position due to Dallas’s slick passing. The 2-1 score ended the first period; although the Flyers controlled the shot total, they still remained down in the contest.
As the second period began, flow within the game was lost, and each team exchanged rushes for the better part of the period. That was until Mike Richards and Simon Gagne raced in on a two on one with Gagne feeding Richards the puck and the Flyers captain burying the disk through the five hole of Lehtonen to even the game at two. Once the game became tied, the ice started to shift in the Flyers’ favor, and as the team headed to the dressing room between the second and third periods, they must have found their groove.
In the third, the Flyers controlled play for the better half, and were finally rewarded when a Jeff Carter shot trickled in off Scott Hartnell and into the Dallas cage to make the score 3-2 Flyers, their first lead of the game. Although Dallas brought the pressure the rest of the way, the Flyers held strong. Brian Boucher was solid – not spectacular – in making 27 saves to get the victory, including a few huge stops towards the end of the game. If nothing else, this victory will give the Flyers the confidence that they can be successful with Boosh in between the pipes, and it will give Boucher the confidence that he can still be a solid goaltender in this league and give the Flyers a chance to win every game. When it comes down to it, that’s all you can ask for.
The Flyers are now 5th in the Eastern Conference, with 79 points. They are tied with Ottawa but because of the same amount of wins and having a game in hand on the Sens, the Flyers take over the 5th seed in the conference. Ottawa drops to sixth, with 79 points, while the Montreal Canadiens fall to seventh, totaling 78 points (Flyers have two games in hand on them). The Boston Bruins round out the playoff picture, with 74 points. The Thrashers and Rangers are right behind the Bruins, with 71 points each. The Flyers can’t afford a slip up at this point, and it will certainly be exciting the rest of the way to see what happens down the stretch.
The Flyers will have a travel day today and then play the first of a home and home weekend series with the Atlanta Thrashers. The puck drops Saturday night in Atlanta at 7PM EST.
The Game: After earning a well-deserved point in Nashville on Tuesday night, the Flyers will look to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race as they take on the Dallas Stars later this evening.
The Flyers dug themselves a hole against their opponents in Nashville on Tuesday, and lost their starting goaltender to a high ankle sprain to boot. However, the team persevered both in goal and on the offensive, as back-up Brian Boucher made 24 stops on 25 Nashville opportunities, and the offense finally came through with two timely goals under the ten minute mark of the third to send the game into overtime. Nonetheless, the Flyers haven’t been playing their best hockey lately. Their shootout loss on Tuesday dropped them to seventh in the East, with 77 points. They are one point out of 6th, two points out of 5th, and ten points out of 4th, with at least one game in hand on every team in front of them in those slots (Montreal, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh, respectively). The Flyers are 5-3-2 in their last ten contests, but only 4-3-2 since the Olympics Break. Their opponent, Dallas, is 4-5-1 in their last ten games, and are on the outside looking in for the Western Conference’s playoff picture. The Stars are making a frantic late push for postseason hockey and the Flyers will once again be subject to matching their opponent’s intensity at the American Airlines Arena tonight.
The Story: The plot of this game is as simple as it gets: two teams that need two points going at each others throats for the right to call themselves the victor. However, the Flyers need to come into this game realizing that although on paper they are a better team than Dallas, the Stars are going to scratch and claw for two points until the end of this game. Speaking of the game, Brian Boucher will make his first start as a Flyer this season since a December 21, 2009 nod was given to him by Coach Laviolette against the Ottawa Senators. Boucher will be opposed by either end of a strong goaltending tandem in Dallas. The Stars will start either Marty Turco or Kari Lehtonen, as they look to find the hot hand to guide them down the stretch run of the NHL’s season. Both ‘keepers have started in goal for some time (Turco in Dallas, Lehtonen with the Atlanta Thrashers) and neither are slouches when it comes to backstopping their team. As an offensive unit, the Stars are coming off of their most explosive game of the season on Tuesday night, as they tattooed the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks for 8 goals in an 8-2 victory. The Stars are currently the West’s 12th-seeded team, 7 points behind Detroit for the 8th and final playoff spot.
Who to Watch on the Stars: Loui Eriksson, Left Wing.
Brad Richards may be the Stars’ biggest playmaker – for now – but keep an eye on the young 24-year old left winger. He’s the next great player out of Sweden, and he’s certainly one of the young shining stars in the NHL today. I had the pleasure of seeing him compete on the Sverige at the Olympic Games, and let me tell you, this kid can play. This season, his fourth with the Stars, Eriksson is three total points away from tying his career high in a season. He’s currently sitting on totals of 25 goals, 35 assists, and 60 points. Last season was his best year as an NHLer, tallying 36 goals en route to 63 points. Although his goals aren’t as high as last year, there are still 13 games for his Stars to play and Eriksson is electric enough of a player that he can make things happen game in a game out. He’s very dangerous on Dallas’ powerplay, working the sideboards and the backdoor very well. The Flyers had better watch out for Dallas’s #21 tonight.
The Skinny: This is the second and final meeting between the Flyers and Stars this season. The two clubs met previously in Philadelphia on January 12th. The Flyers won the game convincingly, by a score of 6-3, thanks to a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (Goal, Assist, Fight) from Ian Laperriere. This game marks a huge turning point in the season for the Flyers as it begins the tenure of Brian Boucher as the starting goaltender. To be honest, no one really knows what type of Boucher we’re going to get. If we get the focused Boucher from Nashville, the Flyers will reap the benefits. If we get the 4-12 on the season Boucher, the Flyers playoff hopes may soon go to the toilet. Either way, it will definitely be an exciting finish with #33 in between the pipes, and hopefully the Flyers can sweep the season series from Dallas tonight.
Notes: In Leighton’s absence, goaltender Jeremy Duchesne has been brought up as an emergency call-up by General Manager Paul Holmgren. Duchesne previously has played for two Flyers minor league affiliates this season, the Kamloomps Wings of the ECHL and the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. Tonight will mark the first appearance in an NHL uniform for Duchesne. Mike Modano will miss this game for Dallas and every game in the Stars’ forseeable future due to an emergency appendectomy he had earlier this week. Modano elected to stay in Dallas at the trade deadline after a few teams inquired about the future Hall of Famer’s services.
Puck drop is at 8:30 PM EST tonight from the American Airlines Arena. Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, and Steve Coates will have the call on Comcast SportsNet.