Not likely, but I’m getting a kick out of it, so let’s talk about the possibility (and hey, and it’s not like I’m pulling it out of thin air).
Here are the facts:
The Leafs are shopping for a solution in goal. James Reimer, their go-to guy, is still suffering from his non-concussion-oh-wait-yes-it-is-a-concussion (hat-tip to Dave Feschuk and Mrs. Reimer for that info), leaving them with unproven Ben Scrivens and Jonas Gustavsson as options.
Gustavsson hasn’t lived up to expectations, and Leafs fans have all but given up on him. Scrivens has been fine-ish, but he’s not going to steal you any games like they need their tender to (as Reimer occasionally did).
The Leafs came out of the gates like gangbusters, but are now taking on noticeable amounts of water. They need to plug this hole, and plug it soon.
“SPORTNET’s Mike Brophy yesterday tweeted the Toronto Maple Leafs had been in contact with UFA goalie Marty Turco.
TSN’s James Duthie subsequently tweeted Turco hadn’t directly spoken with the Leafs, but the team asked his agent some questions. Turco said playing for the Leafs would be a dream come true.
SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard tweeted he’d been informed by Leafs GM Brian Burke his team had no interest in Turco.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan also reported Burke had told him via e-mail the Leafs weren’t interested in Turco.”
It’s safe to say what Brian Burke says is sort of irrelevant when it comes to personnel decisions. What kind of GM would he be if we went around parading possible trades and signings in the media? That’s no good for the confidence of the guys who are actually on your team.
Now, I don’t mean any disrespect to Marty Turco, who was a terrific goaltender in his prime. He put up some great stats nearly a decade ago (one year he posted a 1.72 GAA – whaaaat?), made a couple all-star games and holds just about every Dallas Stars goaltending record.
But in recent years his play dropped off dramatically, to the point where, by NHL standards, he reached a level I’d call “bad.” His 3.02 GAA and .897 in nearly 30 games last year can back me up here.
He’s only 36, but he’s just not a viable solution for Toronto. Plus, he’s solid on TV – none of us want to lose him on there.
But just to read the reaction of Leafs fans on Twitter, I desperately hope this actually comes to fruition. Misery loves company, and lord knows my Isles are miserable right now.
Speaking of teams who have a goalie to get rid of…. you guys want Rick DiPietro, Mr. Burke?