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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Keeping Marty Turco is the right move

By Richard Durrett

I think Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk got it right today in putting Alex Auld on waivers and keeping Marty Turco.

As we've talked about on this blog the last few weeks, Turco's play in the last six games is too good to ignore. He's 4-1-1 with 1.15 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage in that span. No doubt, Turco's value is much higher than it was a month ago.

But Nieuwendyk's job is to weigh what he could get for Turco with the possibility of making the playoffs. The reality is this team won't get to the postseason with Alex Auld and Kari Lehtonen. Lehtonen hasn't played an NHL game all season. And I'm not convinced Auld could handle the No. 1 goalie duties down the stretch. It means that an offer would have to be really great to let Turco go. And I'm sure those offers just weren't good enough.

So this is the right move. Turco is the No.1 goalie and the Stars will work Lehtonen the mix. It's the Stars' best chance to get to the playoffs. And the team can still let Turco go at the end of the season and save $5.4 million in cash for next season (and that money is allocated for some raises already). Somebody will pick Auld up on re-entry waivers and it will only cost them around $150,000. But there's no reason for the Stars to carry three goalies.

You always want to do whatever you can to make the playoffs. You never know what can happen when you get there. Keeping Turco gives this team the best chance to do that.