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Thursday, September 18, 2003


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DALLAS -- While the Dallas Stars went through their first week of training camp, holdout goaltender Marty Turco was home in Ontario working out on his own. He didn't bother hooking up with any local teams because he was hoping to join his pals soon.


It was a smart move. Turco flew out Thursday, comforted by having signed a $12 million, three-year contract.


"The process is never easy, but it's fun when it's over," said Turco, who already was at the airport when he dialed into a conference call with reporters.


While the bottom line of the contract is similar to what Turco rejected a week before, Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said some terms were changed.


"The main thing is that both sides are comfortable," Armstrong said. "We probably both feel a little squeamish, but that's probably a good sign."


Turco will get base salaries of $3.5 million, $4 million, then $4.5 million, plus performance-based bonuses. It's a huge raise from the $850,000 he made last season while setting a modern NHL record with a 1.72 goals-against average.


In his first season as a full-time starter, Turco also was an All-Star while going 31-10-10 and leading the Stars to the most points in the Western Conference. He finished second to New Jersey's Martin Brodeur in voting for the Vezina Trophy.


Dallas was ousted from the playoffs in the second round, losing to eventual finalist Anaheim and its super-hot goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Turco had a 1.88 GAA and a .919 save percentage in the postseason.


Giguere upped the market price for goalies last week by signing a $19.5 million, four-year deal. Turco rejected a $12 million package Sept. 11, missing out on a week of camp in Vail, Colo.


"I was antsy probably Aug. 1. That's when I usually get the itch to be back on the ice, to get the competitive juices flowing," Turco said.


The Stars opened preseason play Thursday night at Colorado. Turco will be with them Friday night for a game against the New York Rangers, then Saturday in St. Louis. Turco probably won't suit up before Tuesday, when the Blues visit Dallas.


"I'm really happy with what's transpired with the contract, the chance to be comfortable and not worry about those aspects," he said. "I just want to get out there and stop pucks and win hockey games with the Dallas Stars."


Turco was selected by the Stars in the fifth round of the 1994 draft. He holds the NCAA record for 127 victories at Michigan, where he led his team to two national championships.


He backed up Ed Belfour for two seasons in Dallas, then took over last year. Turco technically had to earn it at first, with the Stars having brought in veteran Ron Tugnutt to both challenge him and help bring him along.


Turco, 28, ended up not needing much help. He was 12-0-4 from Dec. 29 to March 25, allowed one goal or less in 30 of his 55 appearances and was voted MVP by teammates.


A restricted free agent this summer, Turco had to wait until the Stars re-signed center Mike Modano and forward Jere Lehtinen until they focused on his contract.


"It was imperative that we worked in fairness and be honest," Turco said. "We think we've accomplished that. Now that it's done, it's back with the boys and let's get at it."
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i am so happy that he re-signed right now. The Stars season would of been fucked over if washed-up Turnutt would of had to start the season.
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