WILMINGTON -- Marty Turco has only one start under his belt with the Bruins, since signing with the team two weeks ago.
Essentially, Turco is the injured Tuukka Rask's replacement. But his presence hasn't exactly given Tim Thomas the rest he'd be given if Rask was healthy.
But after some extended time practicing with the team, Turco believes he's getting caught up to the speed of the NHL game again.
"I feel probably better conditioned now," said Turco, who was wearing his brand new bright yellow pads at Tuesday's optional skate.
Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed that Turco has improved since the time he got here, and since his lone start against Tampa Bay last week.
"There's no doubt. And when he's been facing the kind of shots that he's been facing now for an extra week, he keeps getting better," said Julien. "And I think that's why he's putting in the extra time. He wants to get his timing on, and the timing here versus the timing in Austria is not the same. We've got the best shooters in the world playing in this league, so, that's something that he's willing to do.
"He's got a great attitude. He's not afraid to work. He's not afraid to put the extra time in. And that's huge for us, because we're probably going to need him down the road here."
Because he was signed after the trade deadline, Turco can't play in the playoffs. But he's prepared to help get them into the postseason as best he can, and he hopes it started on the upcoming West Coast trip.
"It's a little different twist on it, but hey, it's part of the gig," said Turco. "And I'll do my best to be ready and to give myself that chance. But I look at it more as a Boston Bruin, and to give these guys continued success to get on the horse, and when I get in there, to not have a dip in play. That's really what drives me."