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NHL Free Agents: Marty Turco Rejects Philadelphia Flyers Offer

DALLAS - APRIL 08:  Goaltender Marty Turco #35 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on April 8, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJune 28, 2010

The Flyers goaltending search continues.

According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and E.J. Hradek, the Flyers were granted permission from the Dallas Stars to negotiate with soon-to-be unrestricted free agent goalie Marty Turco.

However, Turco turned down a three-year $6 million contract from the Flyers.

"Traded texts with Turco this morning who confirmed the Flyers' offer but said he wanted to see what was on the market Thursday," said LeBrun on his Twitter profile.

For Turco, he wants to see if he can land one more big contract as it'll likely be his last one. The 34-year-old has played nine seasons with the Stars while gathering solid career numbers of 262 wins, 2.31 goals against average, and a .911 save percentage.

Last year, Turco posted a 22-20-11 record with a 2.72 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren also acquired the rights to goalie Evgeni Nabokov from San Jose this past weekend, only to find out that the Nabokov camp wants way too much money for a 34-year-old who has won nothing in his career.

Holmgren has broken off talks with Nabokov, meaning that he'll become an unrestricted free agent Thursday. The most likely destination for Nabokov is the KHL, which has been rumored to be interested in the Russian goalie.

Unlike Nabokov, Turco could still be an option for the Flyers. He may have rejected Holmgren's offer, but it doesn't mean he's out of the picture. He just wants to see what the market is going to be.

The Flyers have been rumored to be talking to Boston about trading for Tim Thomas, but a trade doesn't look likely considering they would have to move a big contract—i.e. Jeff Carter or Simon Gagne— to make room for Thomas' $5 million contract.

Other possibilities consist of free agents Dan Ellis (NSH), Chris Mason (STL), Jose Theodore (WSH), Antero Niittymaki (TB) and Martin Biron (NYI).

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