According to several media outlets, the Philadelphia Flyers are in serious trade talks with the Dallas Stars regarding acquiring goaltender Marty Turco after the Stars traded for goalie Kari Lehtonen on Tuesday night.
With Ray Emery facing a potential season-ending hip injury, the Flyers are in desperate need for a legitimate No. 1 goaltender. While Michael Leighton has been playing well, he's not a go-to guy at the NHL level.
Turco, 34, is in the final year of his contract and on his way out of Dallas sooner or later. Unless the Flyers move someone who makes a large amount of money, they cannot fit Turco into the books, as his cap hit is $5.7 million on the season—only $1.83 million prorated, according to Capgeek.com.
Names floating around in trade rumors going to Dallas in a potential deal are Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell, but both players have no-movement clauses and are prepared to enforce them if asked to waive them.
In fact, Hartnell's agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted that any trade involving Hartnell to Dallas for Turco is a fantasy, as his client has a "no move."
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio last week "that [Turco deal] is not happening. There is no chance of that happening. If we had interest in Marty Turco, we’d certainly look at him over the summer. We can’t take that cap hit [at that spot]."
If you know Holmgren, he's true to his word. He said he wouldn't trade Jeff Carter, even if it meant acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk, and he did not.
Marty Turco will not be a Philadelphia Flyer.
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