Turco Clears Waivers and Will Join Bruins

By Mark Abraham

As expected, veteran goalie Marty Turco has cleared the waiver line and will now be able to suit up for the Bruins for their next game.  Turco was with the team during their last game, but was not eligible to play.

Per order of the bargaining agreement, any player picked up off the waiver line can be claimed by any team lower in the rankings in the first 24 hours.  But whether no other team wanted him, or whether there is an unwritten rule amongst GMs to not interfere with transactions like that, Turco went unclaimed.

Turco is expected to back up Tim Thomas.  He last played in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks last year and in 29 games had a 3.02 GAA and a .897 save %.  He will be ineligible to play in the playoffs due to the fact that the Bruins signed him after the trade deadline.  Injured goalie Tuukka Rask is expected to be back by then, otherwise Anton Khudobin will likely be Thomas’ backup.

With Thomas’ recent struggles lately, having a veteran like Turco around could help him, both mentally and physically.  Look for Turco to start around 7-8 of the Bruins remaining 17 games.

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