The Dallas Star made it official today when general manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced that the team and unrestricted free agent goaltender Marty Turco are going to go separate ways. (Read that sentence without getting the Journey song in your head while reading the rest of this entry.)

Anyway, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Turco would be on the open market when the Stars went out and acquired Kari Lehtonen. But now it’s official, and with Turco out there you have to figure there will be one less landing spot for Tim Thomas, if the Bruins decide to shop the ’09 Vezina winner this summer.

Turco just finished up a four-year deal that paid him $5.7 million on average per season. He posted a 22-20-11 record, .913 save percentage and 2.72 goals-against average in 53 games this season. Those aren’t great numbers, but they’re on par with Thomas’. Turco is 34 (a little younger than Thomas) and a guy that a couple years ago vanquished his playoff demons.

A team looking to add a starting goaltender (Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay) this summer without giving up anything might take a chance with Turco on a more affordable deal in the $4 million range. That might make it a little more difficult to convince someone to give up an asset for $5 million Tim Thomas.