Stars Stick to Goalie Plan; Sabres Try to Stay Hot

How do you know the NHL season has started? People in Dallas start calling for Marty Turco’s head. Mike Heika has an interesting take: The Stars have decent goalie depth within their system and a plan to move everyone along, so they might as well stick to the plan. Plus, Heika points out, Turco is playoff tested.

Turco is off to a slow start, but a lot of that is his playing behind a team learning a new system — a system much more offensive than their previous one. So there’s still an adjustment period going on there. Plus, Turco has a shutout against Nashville Wednesday night, which is a positive sign.

Turco’s contract expires at the end of this season, so he probably sees this season as his last chance to disprove the conventional wisdom he’s a talented goalie with a propensity for in-season and post-season failure. That could be huge for the Stars this season.

Dallas is 2-0-3. The Sabres are 3-0-1, off to another hot start. Mike Harrington reminds us the Sabres often start hot and end ice cold. Of course, NOT losing Thomas Vanek for weeks, as they initially said they would, will certainly help keep that hot start hot.

Also, the latest Rink Side Rants podcast, which I co-host, is online.