From Austria to Boston, Marty Turco fell down the proverbial rabbit hole last spring in an effort to swoop in and help the Bruins in the aftermath of Tuukka Rask’s injury.
Considering the circumstances, he probably did the best he could, although his first start for the Bruins was a disaster people will use as a comparable for train wrecks for years to come.
By all accounts, however, Turco was solid in the room and he played much better toward the end of the season and helped get Tim Thomas his necessary pre-playoffs rest. Once the playoffs started, however, Turco was ineligible to play and he made himself scarce.
There’s been little news of his future plans. They definitely won’t have anything to do with the Bruins, unless he lands on NESN down the road as an analyst. If his stint with Boston was the end of a solid NHL career for Turco, then the Bruins will at least be the answer to a trivia question.
Regular season: 5 GP, 2-2-0, 3.68 GAA, .855 save percentage
Playoffs: Not eligible to play
Contract status: UFA 2012
Regular season recap
Highlight: Turco had Bruins fans praying for him to stay pinned to the bench at the outset of his Boston career. But he allayed some fears March 25 with 25 saves on 27 shots in a 3-2 win at Anaheim.
Lowlight: After facing shots from Austrian League players, facing Steven Stamkos had to be a culture shock for Turco. But it wasn’t just Stamkos that made Turco’s first start with the Bruins a disaster. Turco allowed three goals on six shots before he was pulled. He re-entered in the second period and surrendered one more goal on six more shots in a 6-1 loss at Tampa Bay.
Playoff recap: Turco left the Bruins to “take care of some things” when the regular season ended and he wasn’t seen again.
Grade: B-minus. For a guy called in because of a major emergency, Turco did a decent job. The Bruins needed him to be more ready for his first couple appearances, however, because the standings were getting a little tight at the time of his arrival.
Carnac predicts … coming to a TV near you: Marty Turco. The one-time NHL Network analyst, who was somewhat panned for his low-key performances, will probably get back into the TV business because there just aren’t any goaltending jobs that fit him.