Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/07/12 at 07:21 PM ET
Jack Edwards of NESN answers some email,
With Tuukka Rask out and Marty Turco in, what, if any, impact will Marty have on the team? Do you think he will be a solid backup when Thomas needs a day off, or are his glory days long behind him?
The goal was to deliver Tim Thomas to the playoffs fresher than he was in 2011. Not going to happen. Thomas’ start in Toronto Tuesday put him dead-even with last season’s pace—and the Bruins will have two consecutive days off only once in the rest of the regular season. Turco hasn’t played in the NHL since finishing up with Chicago last year, where he lost his job to Corey Crawford, but he should be able to eat some minutes and play at a very serviceable level to allow Thomas to have time to rest. The fly in the ointment, though, comes if the Bruins skid through this week and Ottawa makes a serious run at the Northeast Division title. If that happens, the Bruins have no choice but to keep pushing Thomas’ button and hope they don’t wear him out. Again, it’s all about results at this time of the year.
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