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Toronto Maple Leafs need Marty Turco more than he needs a team

Published on November 15, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

Can you believe it? Your favourite backup goalie is almost back in the crease — or the bench, for that matter.

Marty Turco's fall out from the NHL may not last as long as we expected. The Toronto Maple Leafs are suffering in the crease without James Reimer. Can Turco turn things around until the 23-year-old Reimer heals?

Marty Turco’s NHL career is not over. In fact, it’s far from over.

The Toronto Maple Leafs may have reached out to the 36-year-old.

Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey linked the Puck Daddy blog, which reported Rogers Sports Net said the Leafs are interested. However, Sports Net have back-peddled on the story.

But let’s speculate anyway.

When one starter goes down and both back-ups can’t come close to convincing the bench boss (Ron Wilson) that either is right for the interim job, well, there are deals to be made.

Turco has a proven track record, even if it’s been a few years since he’s been a starter.

The Leafs, goalie-wise, are looking like the New York Islanders. That is, the No. 1 fragile goalie and shaky back-up stints. This year the Islanders have some of the kinks figured out. Not all, but some.

Regardless, as a Chicago Blackhawks faithful from the Windy City, Turco was a complete delight, and that was his bench antics. The head shake ad Pierre McGuire and the wager with the Montreal Canadiens fan are just examples of the few pieces of entertainment, you, as a Leafs fan, will be able to witness at the Air Canada Centre once James Reimer heals up.

Because, let’s face it, whatever the Leafs can sign Turco for, it won’t be a lot. Turco doesn’t want to be finish, and why should he get a lucrative deal.

But if Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens can’t handle a 50-50 work load, then bring in a professional backup goalie.

It was obvious even before the free agency period opened this summer that Turco would struggle to look for work. Read Center Ice Chat’s story on his triumph and tribulations.



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