Flyers showed interest in Turco
June, 28, 2010
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ESPN.com's E.J. Hradek blogged that Philadelphia was interested enough in free agent goalie Marty Turco that they offered him a three-year contract. Here's part of Hradek's blog:
Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren seems determined to add a veteran No. 1 goaltender to his squad's crease. According to a CSNPhilly.com report, Holmgren has gained permission from the San Jose Sharks to chat up unrestricted free agent netminder Evgeni Nabokov, who is seeking a new home. (Read this for more info.)
Before turning his eye to Nabokov, however, Holmgren had quietly received the green light from Dallas to speak to another soon-to-be-free netminder, Stars UFA Marty Turco.
In fact, Holmgren offered Turco a three-year deal worth roughly $6 million (or a bit more than $2 million per season). The 34-year-old Turco, who confirmed the offer via text message, politely declined, opting Thursday to test the market.
During the 2009-10 season, the Flyers considered trading for Turco, who, by mutual agreement, was headed out of Dallas. Ultimately, with limited salary cap room (Turco carried a $5.7 million cap hit); Holmgren opted to stay with inexpensive stoppers Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher.