Bruins sign Turco as Rask sidelined 4 to 6 weeks
The Boston Bruins made a pair of moves regarding their goaltending situation on Monday, announcing that Tuukka Rask will be out for four to six weeks with a lower abdomen and groin strain, while the team later announed they had signed veteran goalie Marty Turco to a one-year deal, pending the 36-year-old clears waivers.
Rask started Boston's game Saturday afternoon against the New York Islanders and stopped 10 of 11 shots before clutching his left leg in pain.
Rask was enjoying an impressive 2011-12, a return to the kind of form he displayed in temporarily wresting the starter's job away from Tim Thomas two seasons ago.
The Finnish netminder had a .929 save percentage and 2.29 goals-against average this season in 23 games with Boston.
Turco, whose last action came this year with EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian First Division, could join the Bruins as early as Wednesday but would not be eligible to play for Boston in the playoffs because he joined the team past the trade deadline.
Financial details of the Turco deal were not released.
The Bruins called up Mike Hutchinson on the weekend to fill the backup spot to Thomas as the goalie who is third on the depth chart, former Minnesota Wild prospect Anton Khudobin, has a wrist injury.
Hutchinson, who turned 22 last week, was selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins. The Barrie, Ont., native has split his time between the ECHL and the American Hockey League this season.
The Bruins lost twice on the weekend, one-goal defeats to the Islanders and New York Rangers. Boston, which has not won consecutive games since January, return to action Tuesday in Toronto, where Boston GM Peter Chiarelli is expected to comment on the Turco signing.