Pair joins eighth-place Djurgarden

Updated: November 15, 2004, 11:29 AM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Defenseman Dan Boyle of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco of Dallas signed with a Swedish team, the latest NHL players to join European clubs during the lockout.

The two signed during the weekend with Djurgarden, which is in eighth place in the 12-team Swedish Elite League.

"Boyle is a solid defenseman with offensive qualities and Turco is a world-class goalie," said Djurgarden director Tommy Engsrom, whose team features four other NHL players.

About one-third of the league's 750 players have joined European teams while the NHL season has been shut down.

Boyle was one of the NHL's top offensive defensemen last season with 39 points during the regular season and another 10 in the playoffs. Turco had a 1.98 goals-against average last season, third best among the league's goalies, and made the last two All-Star games.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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