Hip surgery for goalie, heart procedure for Finn

Updated: May 4, 2004, 2:59 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco has said for years that the nagging pain in his hip doesn't affect his play.

However, he had the first round's worst goals-against average (3.32) and save percentage (.844) as the Stars fell to the Colorado Avalanche in five games earlier this month. And Turco will have hip surgery Friday in New York, according to a Dallas Morning News report in Tuesday's editions.

Turco, who is 28, told the newspaper that he has experienced the nagging pain for three years but said that the pain didn't affect his play.

"I could probably keep dealing with it, but we thought this was the best time to get it taken care of," the goalie told the paper. "It's nothing major. I'll be in and out that day."

Turco expects the disappointment of the playoffs to linger, according to the Morning News.

However, he does have some good news to temper the bad. Turco's wife, Kelly, gave birth to their second child, daughter Katelyn Ann, a week and a half ago, the paper reported.

Numminen's surgery
Defenseman Teppo Numminen said recently that he soon will undergo what he categorized as minor heart surgery unrelated to the problem that nearly ended his career.

Numminen will have surgery to repair a defect in his heart, according to a Fort-Worth Star Telegram report last week.

He also told the newspaper that he hopes to play one more season but that he likely will retire if there's a lockout.

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