Looking around the league, I noticed a few former Dallas Stars that are still hanging out on the free agent list. A few former skaters from last season in Brian Sutherby, Karlis Skrastins, and Jeff Woywitka are all looking for a new team and will apparently not be returning to Dallas next season. But all three of those players, plus a couple more, really will not be missed here. They had some moments and Brian Sutherby was a fan favorite on Twitter, but besides the obvious departure of Brad Richards, the Stars really did not lose anything else this offseason.
But a couple of former Stars cornerstones are also unsure about their futures this summer. Mike Modano is still debating if he will lace up the skates for one more season in Detroit, but at this point it looks like he may hang them up. But unlike Mo, Marty Turco‘s choices may not be so clear. The former longtime Dallas goalie and three time all-star is a free agent and his options don’t look good at this point.
Turco holds six franchise records and had a stellar career while in Dallas. Although the Stars did not have a ton of playoff success with Marty, he was one of the top 5-10 goalies in the league for a good seven or eight years. But the last couple of seasons have seen Turco go from a true #1 goalie to a man without a job. After a rough final season with Dallas in 2009-2010, Marty went on to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks last season to compete with Corey Crawford for playing time. It looked like a great chance for him to go to franchise just coming off of winning the cup and be a leader in the net for a low rate. But his movement and play continued to look less then great, and he quickly found himself spending almost every night on the bench. With a GAA over 3.0 and what was basically an unsuccessful one year experiment, Turco now finds himself back on the free agent list.
So what is next for Marty? My best guess is something off the ice. While he could still probably play and help a team out, he is also a 35-year old goalie on the market this late into the offseason. After Detroit signed their backup last week, it really looks like all the team currently are set. If Turco is going to land a job somewhere, it now looks like he has a better chance of seeing it happen as a broadcaster or in some off the ice position with a team. He could hold out to try and see if a team gets hit with an injury or I guess he some team over-seas could come calling. But Marty is not even the best option on the free agent list with a couple of young back-up guys waiting for a job too, and he is a family guy and I think there is no way that he would go to Europe or the KHL just to play one more year. So this could be the end for Turco, and I really would not be surprised if when we do see Marty this season, it will be in a nice suit.