Chuck Carlton on the Turco Rumor

January 4, 2006

Yesterday’s big rumor–and yes, we went ahead and contributed to it…I feel dirty–centered around a report in the Sault Star that Detroit would be a good fit for Wing whipping boy, Marty Turco.

Chuck Carlton, of the Dallas Morning News, addressed that topic this morning in a Q and A with readers:

Q: I heard that the Detroit Red Wings may target Marty Turco as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Do you think there’s any truth to that report?

CARLTON: The speculation surfaced in a column in Turco’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. So far, it’s circumstantial. The Red Wings need a big-time goaltender, something they probably don’t have with Chris Osgood and Manny Legace. Turco will be on the market. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is one of the shrewdest executives when it comes to targeting free agents, and as a former goalie, has a special insight into the position. Because Turco played at the University of Michigan, about 45 minutes west of Detroit, he might have an affinity for the Motor City. But that leaves out the case for the Stars. Turco has been a member of the organization since 1994. Next to Mike Modano and maybe Brenden Morrow, he might be the most popular Star. General manager Doug Armstrong isn’t one to let a long-term asset just walk away. So don’t fit Turco for the Winged Wheel just yet.



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