So instead, I bring you news of former Stars goalie (and future option for a backup if Andrew Raycroft continues to struggle?) Marty Turco, who signed a "short-term" contract with EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
Sports writer Matias Strozyk (@tomppaaax on Twitter) reports that Turco's getting his wings with EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria:
EC Salzburg confirm they have signed G Marty Turco to a short-time contract. Turco is only expected to play in the European Trophy Finals / Red Bulls Salute, played in Austria between December 16th and 18th.
Okay, so I don't really think Turco, most recently spotted in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, will end up back in Dallas. But he clearly doesn't feel like he's ready to retire from professional hockey just yet, and if he's willing to go overseas to continue to chase the dream, more power to him.
After the jump, a teeny, tiny bit of Stars news, speculation about the backup goalie situation and how to know when to fire your coach.
- So remember when I said there was virtually no news out there? I meant it. From the two most consistent sources of daily Stars news, there is only one free article, this follow up on Richard Bachman. Hey, newspaper writers and bloggers need days off too. [ESPN Dallas]
- The other option is this paywalled story, also about Bachman. You get the sense he's a talking point right now or something. [DallasNews.com]
- The Stars themselves supplemented the coverage a little bit today with this feature on young defenseman Philip Larsen, who hasn't looked out of place other than the fact that he still looks like a skinny 12 year old. [DallasStars.com]
- And Razor apparently used the time on the plane to put together his 10 bold thoughts from the season's first two months. [Razor With An Edge]
- Okay, so this popped up on my search because of the comments from Joe Nieuwendyk about realignment. But I'm including it because of the somewhat ludicrous assertion from author Tim Panaccio that the Detroit Red Wings wanted to move to the eastern conference because of the sellouts that would result from Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers visits. Hahahaha no. [CSN Philly]
- Assuming Kari Lehtonen is back to his full set of powers when he returns from the groin pull (oh please oh please oh please), the backup goalie situation probably shouldn't be classified as a problem yet. But with Andrew Raycroft being a little bit of an adventure this season, Florida Panthers fans believe the Stars might be in the market for Scott Clemmensen. [The Rat Trick]
- Meet the enemy: The New York Rangers will enter Tuesday's game on a little winning streak after routing the Panthers 6-1. [Blueshirt Banter]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Stars have caused numerous bag skates this season, but will they also get a coach fired? It's not all about the Los Angeles Kings' two recent losses to Dallas, but Terry Murray is apparently very close to getting booted from Staples Center. [Los Angeles Times/Puck Daddy]
- And those masters of timing over at Down Goes Brown had this handy little quiz the Kings might make use of soon: Should you fire your coach? [Down Goes Brown]
- It's so nice that when there are no new video interviews from practice, the Stars often put up a relatively recent edition of Stars Insider for me to share.