Some fairly interesting news came out today after the Dallas Stars' practice that goaltender Marty Turco was day-to-day with an undisclosed lower body injury. The Stars have recalled goalie Matt Climie from the ECHL under emergency conditions and will be available for tomorrow night's game. This most likely means Turco will not be playing in the final home game of the season. To make room for Climie, the Stars assigned Dan Jancevski to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.
So now the Stars have a decision to make: should they let Tobias Stephan get the start and try to rebound after allowing six goals in his last game, or should they start Matt Climie, who has become an interesting prospect for the Stars since signing with the team as a free agent in 2008?
Climie has had a great year for Idaho, boasting an ECHL best 2.30 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, and a 27-12-1 record. Is it worth throwing him to the dogs right away and seeing what he can do at the NHL level, or should the team just wait until next year when he will most likely be the number one goaltender for the Texas Stars?
Right now, I'm all for starting Climie and getting a look the young player. Most reports say Climie has great athletic ability and knows how to use his size to his advantage and excels at tracking the puck through crowds. While he struggled a bit with Iowa last season, he has certainly matured during a full year at the ECHL level.
My guy tells me that Stephan will be the starter, although Dave Tippett remains non-committal until after the morning skate tomorrow.
Trevor Daley, Mark Fistric and Brian Sutherby all skated hard in practice today and most likely will be in the lineup tomorrow.