The Blackhawks have their new man in goal and today they introduced him to the fans in Chicago and around the world. Marty Turco will be the man between the pipes this year, and his expectations are high. After a couple of disappointing seasons in Dallas, Turco wants the Cup and he’s hoping he can do that with the Blackhawks as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago finds out.
Turco’s name doesn’t appear on the Stanley Cup after playing in Dallas for a decade. He chose Chicago to help change that.
“There’s been a career long drought in the NHL for me,” Turco said at a Tuesday news conference. “I’ve never won a Stanley Cup. … I’ve only played in the Western Conference finals once. That’s why I play the game. … These are things that bug me when I go to bed at night and make me focus when I get up in the morning.”
Turco immediately thought of the Hawks when his season ended and knew he would not be returning to the Stars. Hawks general manager Stan Bowman told his agent to be patient and things might just work out. When an arbitrator ruled Antti Niemi deserved more than the Hawks had, Bowman moved on Turco.
“We’ve been on the other end of trying to beat him for a while,” Bowman said. “Now that we have him on our side we have a lot to look forward to.”
While Turco will have a lot demanded of him this year playing for a team hoping to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, his play is going to have to be stellar considering that the Blackhawks are playing like acrobats without a net so to speak. Corey Crawford is slated to be Turco’s backup this year and only Hannu Toivonen will be in the AHL to further back things up. If Turco continues to be inconsistent the way he was in Dallas the last couple of years, the Blackhawks will find life to be difficult this season.
For now, the Hawks are excited and Turco should be motivated and ready to go.
Here’s video of today’s press conference courtesy of the Blackhawks.
Video: Josh Ho-Sang’s creativity gives Islanders a shot in the arm
Honestly, after 10 games, the question shouldn’t be “can Josh Ho-Sang stick with the Islanders full-time?” Instead, the feeling is … what took so long for him to get this chance?
For all the grumbling about Ho-Sang sporting number 66, he’s provided serious bursts of brilliance and creativity for the Islanders, whether he’s been supporting or even setting upJohn Tavares.
The video above is some really good stuff, as it walks through his confident comments – and undeniable uncertainty – during the night he was drafted, all the way through him getting his chance with the Isles this season. Some of the best stuff comes from Doug Weight, who raves that Ho-Sang is a “five out of five” from an offensive standpoint.
Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)
This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)
On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.
William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.
Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.
So far, it shows, too.
The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.
There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:
Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week
Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.