Stars Sign Turco

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A big sigh of relief came out of Dallas as holdout goalie Marty Turco, who missed the first week of training camp, agreed to a new three-year contract worth $12 million.

"The process is never easy, but it's fun when it's over," said Turco.

Turco will get base salaries of $3.5 million, $4 million, then $4.5 million, plus performance-based bonuses. It's a huge raise from the $850,000 he made last season while setting a modern NHL record with a 1.72 goals-against average.

"The main thing is that both sides are comfortable," Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We probably both feel a little squeamish, but that's probably a good sign."

Turco set a modern NHL record last season with his 1.72 goals against average. He was also an All-Star in his first season as the starter, finishing 31-10-10.

"I was antsy probably Aug. 1. That's when I usually get the itch to be back on the ice, to get the competitive juices flowing," Turco said. "I'm really happy with what's transpired with the contract, the chance to be comfortable and not worry about those aspects. I just want to get out there and stop pucks and win hockey games with the Dallas Stars."

Turco spent two seasons backing up Ed Belfour before taking over as the Stars' starter last season. He became an restricted free agent July 1.

"It was imperative that we worked in fairness and be honest," Turco said. "We think we've accomplished that. Now that it's done, it's back with the boys and let's get at it."

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