Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Marty Turco still looking for a team
By Jesse Rogers
Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and current free agent Marty Turco hasn't signed with a new team but isn't ready to retire.
"Yeah, I'm still looking," the 36-year-old Turco said via phone on Monday. "Teams go to camp next week so we'll see."
Turco's hopes probably reside on a training camp injury or underwhelming performance either by a rookie or other veteran.
"I want to play some more," Turco said. "I still think I can play in this league. I'm not ready for plans after hockey just yet."
Turco signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks last offseason after a decade of mostly stellar work with the Dallas Stars. He was to anchor Chicago's Stanley Cup title defense and the team was hoping to rally around the veteran to earn him his first championship. It never materialized as Chicago got off to a slow start, losing several one-goal affairs late in games with Turco in net. Eventually he lost his starting job to Corey Crawford who went on to have a solid first season.
The Blackhawks traded for and then signed rookie Alexander Salak while offering veteran Ray Emery a tryout. One is expected to back up Crawford this season. Training camp opens in less than two weeks.
After the team was eliminated from the playoffs last April, Turco worked for the NHL Network providing analysis and by most accounts did a good job. Television work could be in his future.
"Maybe," Turco responded. "But I'm not ready for that just yet. I want to try and play again."
Turco joins Ryan Johnson, Fernando Pisani and Chris Campoli as former Blackhawks yet to sign with a new team. All are unrestricted free agents.
Turco is 273-165-26-40 in his career but was just 11-11 with Chicago last season.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com