Jun 292010

June 29 Philadelphia Inquirer

“Another goalie has surfaced as a possible starter for the Flyers.

Negotiations with San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov have not been fruitful, so the Flyers have apparently reached out to Dallas’ Marty Turco.

Turco, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder who will turn 35 on Aug. 13, told ESPN.com he turned down the Flyers’ three-year offer for a little more than $6 million total.

Turco was 22-20-11 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .913 save percentage this past season.

Michael Leighton had better numbers than Turco after the Flyers claimed him off reentry waivers from Carolina in December. With the Flyers, Leighton was 16-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Leighton, 29, was outstanding in the playoffs – before a subpar performance in the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago.

 Don Meehan, Nabokov’s agent, said Monday that no progress was made in negotiations with the Flyers.

Nabokov and Turco can become unrestricted free agents Thursday. Their clubs have given the Flyers permission to negotiate because they would likely get a draft pick in return if they signed with Philadelphia before going the free-agent route.”

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