Posted on February 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM
Friday, Feb 26 at 6:42 PM
Kari Lehtonen represents the Stars future. Marty Turco is the Stars present. Together, the two goaltenders will try to get Dallas back in the playoff hunt.
"Our plan is to try and win every game," says head coach Marc Crawford. "That’s he way it has to be. Marty is going to get the first game and that's as far as we've gone."
When Lehtonen was acquired on February 9th, the expectation was that Turco was on his way out before the March 3rd trading deadline. That changed when Alex Auld was waived and became the odd man out
"It's a fair game," says Lehtonen. "You have to do well if you want to earn a spot to play and that's what I try to do here and we'll see where it goes."
Because of back surgery, Lehtonen has yet to play in a game this season and finally was able to work out with the Stars on Friday.
How much playing time he will see this year is unknown.
Turco becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and his future with the Stars remains uncertain. What we do know is that right now, he's playing some of the best hockey of his career.
"This year when Alex pushed him he played real well," says Crawford. "You can't argue with the way he has played since we've made the acquisition so maybe in a strange sort of way, he needs that push."
Turco says he doesn't what the future holds.
"That's a tough question," says Turco. "I can only answer it that I'd only love to be here next year and that I would want to be and see this thing through. I'm talking about the Stanley Cup. If we had to move on it would be a crappy situation but that's the nature of this business but that doesn't mean altogether that it has to happen or that it will happen. There is a lot that needs to be played out before any decision will be made but they know how I feel here.”
The NHL trade deadline is next Wednesday. Turco is 34 years of age and is expected to play in his 500th game next week. Dallas is the only team he has ever played for but that could change next season. He was drafted by the Stars in 1994 and hit the NHL in 2000.