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Kyle Turris signs two-year deal with Coyotes

Nov 22, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that Kyle Turris and the Phoenix Coyotes are expected to announce a two-year deal later this week. But hold off on speculating how much ice time Turris will get under coach Dave Tippett, because a trade is still a “prime option.”

Until now, Turris and the Coyotes have been unable to agree on a contract. The restricted free agent has confirmed he wants to be traded; the organization has promised it won’t be doing that.

“Under no circumstances whatsoever — and I’m not sure what language I have to (use). We will not trade Kyle Turris this season,” said Coyotes GM Don Maloney. “We want him back and if he wants to play in the NHL, he’ll sign with us.”

If a contract isn’t signed by Dec. 1, Turris can’t play for the rest of the season. Obviously neither side wants that, so this news is hardly a shock given we’re nearing the end of November.

You have to wonder if Turris would agree to a below-market contract in order to increase his trade value for the Coyotes, who would in turn grant his trade request.

Dreger reports there’s been some “offer sheet interest,” but nothing ever materialized. No surprise there, considering a reasonable offer would be automatically matched by the Coyotes and a ridiculously high offer would be a pretty risky move for a team to make given what it would cost them in salary and draft-pick compensation.

Calgary has been mentioned as a possible Turris destination. The aging Flames could certainly use the talented 22-year-old, but what could Jay Feaster possibly offer Maloney in return? Matt Stajan, Rene Bourque and…a nondescript briefcase of gold bars?

Update: Turris will get $1.2 million this season, $1.6 million next. Given what was he was reportedly asking for, I’d say that qualifies as below market. I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t traded.

  1. govtminion - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    If Turris actually signs this deal, I’ll almost be disappointed in the ‘Yotes for talking to this slimeball at all. More modest contract or not, after the crap he pulled they should just let him sit at home. Or at least if he signs, send him straight to the minors, at least for a couple of weeks- you know, ‘conditioning stint’ since he didn’t have a training camp or first two months of the season.

    • nhmac - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      Well said. Turris is a loser (and a bust)

      • sknut - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

        While I agree with the anger at him for being a dofus for holding out, the Yotes have an asset and this is their chance to trade him and get something back to help this team.

    • govtminion - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      Problem is, he WANTS a trade- so if you trade him, you give him exactly what he wants. Since Phoenix doesn’t seem to be struggling too badly without him, I’d say wait until the deadline to deal him. That does two things- first, it gives the Coyotes a well-deserved chance to make his life miserable. Two, it means that at at the deadline, they may be able to get multiple playoff contenders (in the East, of course) interested and drive up the price on him.

      It won’t happen, but it’s a nice pipe dream isn’t it?

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