Monday, June 28, 2010

Turco latest free agent to turn down Flyers

Another day, another soon-to-be free agent goaltender has declined to sign with the Flyers. This time, according to E.J. Hradek of ESPN, the Flyers got permission to talk to Dallas netminder Marty Turco, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, only to once again be turned away. Apparently the Flyers offered Turco a 3 year deal worth around 6 million dollars but Turco declined, instead choosing to see what the market is like for him on July 1st.

Once again, no harm, no foul for the Flyers as they continue to look for a goaltender willing to take a little less than market value to play for the defending Eastern Conference Champs. That players continue to refuse to sign with the Flyers is not a reflection on the team but a reflection on what these players think they might be worth in the open market. Many of these players aren't going to get the huge contracts they are looking for, though, so I would expect some of them to crawl back towards the Flyers price range.

Paul Holmgren continues to kick the tires on nearly every available proven starting goaltender. He's certainly doing his due diligence as he seeks a player who is willing to sign a reasonable contract to play for a contending team. Clearly, he isn't satisfied with Michael Leighton and/or Brian Boucher in goal, and he shouldn't be. Look for the Flyers to continue to be brought up in pursuit of every available goaltender.

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