The writing has been on the wall nearly all season long, but the
Marty Turco era in Dallas is coming to an end. With the Stars seven
points out of 8th place in the West and with just ten games remaining
the team has started to look towards next season and the future, a
future that will not have Marty Turco in it.
Kari Lehtonen will
get the start in net for Dallas tomorrow night in Nashville, making it
his fourth start in five games. At this point, it’s safe to assume
Lehtonen will get the majority of the starts the rest of the season and
the teams looks to evaluate their goaltending prospects for next year
Lehtonen has shown flashes of his elite potential but
needs time to polish his game, and was the only player for the Stars on
the ice today during an optional practice. He seems to be revitalized
and eager to prove he’s over his injury issues and is intent on getting
back in playing shape.
What about Turco? It will be interesting
to see how many teams are interested in the 35-year old free agent this
summer, and how much of a pay cut he’d be willing to take. There’s no
doubt he’ll want to be a starter next season, and despite two sub-par
seasons, he still has the ability to be a top-15 goaltender in the NHL.
will always be in the mix, but don’t count the Detroit Red Wings out of
the running either. What the Boston Bruins decide to do with Tim Thomas
will affect the market as well, but you just know there will be some
teams hungry for a goaltender with the potential and experience that
It wouldn’t surprise me if Turco heads to
Detroit; after all, he’d join a long list of former Stars that joined
the Red Wings in free agency. I would be worried about his record at Joe
Louis Arena, however.
Even with all the young players that have been healthy scratches this season, don’t expect the NHL to change its waiver rules.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT in an email that it’s not something that’s “ever been considered.”
“For better or worse that’s what waiver rules are there for,” Daly wrote. “They force Clubs to make tough decisions.”
Today, Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi became the latest waiver-eligible youngster to be sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning loan.
Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season. If he were still exempt from waivers, he’d have undoubtedly been sent to the AHL long before he had to watch so many NHL games from the press box.
In light of situations like Tinordi’s, some have suggested the NHL change the rules. Currently, the only risk-free way for waiver-eligible players to get playing time in the AHL is via conditioning stint, and, as mentioned, those are limited to 14 days in length.
So the Habs will, indeed, need to make a “tough decision” when Tinordi’s conditioning stint is up. Do they put him in the lineup? Do they keep him in the press box and wait for an injury or some other circumstance to create an opportunity for him to play? Do they risk losing him to waivers by attempting to send him to the AHL? Do they trade him?
Your call, Marc Bergevin.
Related: Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL
Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.
The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),
But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.
In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.
Two injury updates in one post.
First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.
According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.
“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.
Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.
As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:
1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.
“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”
Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.
The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.