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Turco turns down Flyers; Kotalik waived

You can't expect the Flyers to go into next season thinking Michael Leighton is the answer in goal but they're not doing well so far in efforts to land a big-ticket replacement. Looks like trying to get the rights to San Jose's Evgeni Nabakov is a dead end, and the Philadelphia Inquirer is quoting an ESPN report that Dallas' Marty Turco has turned down a three-year deal in the $6 million range.

The Flyers apparently got permission from Dallas to negotiate with Turco even though the official free agent period doesn't begin until Thursday. The Flyers are likely to continue to talk with both goalies and with defensemen as well. They couldn't make a deal with Dan Hamhuis in that area.

Five players were waived Monday, notably ex-Sabre Ales Kotalik of Calgary and Jonathan Cheechoo of  Ottawa, who never panned out as part of the Dany Heatley trade with San Jose. The players are expected to have their contract buyouts paid if they are not claimed and then enter the UFA pool on Thursday.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

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