First of all, I wanted to say that I’ve decided to continue this “Best of the Decade” thing throughout 2010, since the decade doesn’t technically end until 2011. So that’s out of the way.
Now, let’s talk about Marty Turco. Ah, Turco! You’ve been the cause of frustration for Stars fans for a lot of the decade now! Only Turco can we count on to be brilliant one day and awful the next. Only Turco has ever made me literally pull my hair out (Niskanen’s a close second, though). Turco, Turco, TURCO!
He’s a great goalie, yes, but he has this ability to give us hope, only to take it away. I’ve never liked that very much. Also, Turco is the one who prompted me to dream up the phrase, “pull a Marty Turco.” He plays the puck better than any other goalie, except perhaps Martin Brodeur.
For years and years he had a reputation as a playoff underacheiver. He has since proved everyone wrong. In the 2007 playoffs against the Canucks, Turco was the one who brought us to Game 7 before ultimately losing a heartbreaking loss. In 2008, he was even more amazing. Turco backstopped us in 2008 all the way to the conference finals. Not bad, eh?
He’s kind of lot it since 2008, but in all fairness, the entire team has lost it. Yes, you can blame Turco for 08-09, but not entirely. You can blame him for the losses that have come this year, though not entirely.
Whether you’ve liked him or not, Turco has been our goalie, the one consistent thing we’ve had in net this decade. He’ll be a free agent after this season, and it’d really pain me to let him go. Not because he’s what I think the team needs, but because he’s been here for so long.
Turco is like that toy you have when you’re really little, and once it comes time to sell it in the garage sale, you just can’t. You have to keep it around because it’s a memory and life wouldn’t be complete without it. The Stars would lose a little bit of heritage if Turco left on his own terms.
You might have hated Marty’s confidence issues or you might have found them funny, but either way, there’s no denying that this decade wouldn’t be the same without Turco around.