Boston Bruins report cards: No. 1 Marty Turco
Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2011-12, Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have Bruins Goalie, number 1, Marty Turco:
Name: Marty Turco
Weight: 184 lbs.
Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent after 2011-12 season.
2010-11 NHL Stats:
Regular season: 5 Games played
Record: 2-2, 0 SO,
Goals-against average: 3.68
Anthony’s Analysis: It’s kind of hard to give Turco a grade as he came along in March to replace an injured Tuukka Rask as the Bruins back up goalie. Turco was looked upon to give Thomas a rest when needed through the home stretch of the National Hockey League regular season, and that’s exactly what the 36-year old did. Turco wasn’t great in his five games for the Bruins, but he wasn’t completely awful either.
Anthony’s Grade: C
Chris’ Take: Sure, it is easy to look at Marty Turco’s statistics with the Bruins and ask the question, why did the Bruins sign him? But, with the injury to back up sensation Tuukka Rask and the overuse of Tim Thomas, it was a move the Bruins had to make. Turco played in five games for the Bruins to spell Tim Thomas and allowed 16 goals in five games while notching two victories. The 36 year-old did everything he could to keep the Bruins in striking distance of the New York Rangers atop the Eastern Conference every time he was put in between the pipes. Turco had flashes of greatness and flashes of weakness, but all in all he was an average play for the black and gold during his time in the net.
Chris’s Grade: C
Tim’s Turn: Similar to Chris’ and Anthony’s analysis, it’s kind of difficult to fully evaluate Marty Turco’s season since he played so little — unless of course one decides to evaluate his shinny gold pads he supported. Clearly Turco is past his prime and is nowhere near where he was during his days in Dallas, and that was pretty evident with his few appearances with the Black and Gold. Turco showed some signs of solid goaltending, but he also had a few instances of giving up some soft goals and was average during a time where Tuukka Rask got injured as seen in his performance against Tampa in the middle of March.
In a time where Tim Thomas needed rest, Turco did not provide much with the Black and Gold and its safe to say that Thomas showed his tired legs late in the year, despite putting some solid numbers during that span. Turco’s brief tenure with the Bruins will, again, be remembered for his shinny pads and not his performance(s) between the pipes.
Tim’s grade: C-