Boston Bruins Sign Goalie Marty Turco to Replace Injured Tuukka Rask

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 5, 2012

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 11:  Goaltender Marty Turco #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks in goal against the Dallas Stas at American Airlines Center on February 11, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins were hit hard by the loss of Tuukka Rask, but they have shored up the goalie position nicely with the addition of veteran Marty Turco. 

WEEI reported late Monday that the Bruins had signed veteran goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year deal, but there are some important caveats to list. 

Fist, Turco cannot join the team until he clears waivers. He has until Wednesday to go unclaimed, and then he can begin playing in Boston. 

Secondly, this is merely a regular-season solution. The report points out that Turco joined the team after the trade deadline, so he will be unable to play in the postseason. 

WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 17: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins keeps his eye on the puck during a game against the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action at the MTS Centre on February 17, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images
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The Bruins were dealt a tough blow with the loss of Rask. Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports Rask will be out four to six weeks with what he calls "a lower abdomen strain/groin strain."

That means they should get the backup goalie back before the playoffs, which is just enough time to get some use out of their new-found veteran. 

The Bruins had been hoping to get more minutes out of Rask as they head into a demanding portion of the season. As Conroy points out, Boston plays 18 games in 33 days, mandating quite the commitment from the entire roster. 

Turco comes in as a solid veteran that played nine seasons with the Dallas Stars before leaving for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Turco is coming off an 11-11-3 season with a 3.02 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. 

This was a mandatory move for a team that is going to have their depth tested immediately.