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Phoenix gets a steal in trading Kyle Turris to Ottawa

Dec 17, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

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Kyle Turris finally gets his wish.

After asking for a trade two months ago, Turris is headed to Ottawa in a deal that sees the Senators send young defenseman David Rundblad and a second round pick back to Phoenix for the potential star.

Turris’ rough contract negotiations with the Coyotes this summer and through training camp and regular season sealed up that he wouldn’t be very welcome in Phoenix. Demanding a trade didn’t help that perspective either and his play once he did sign apparently didn’t impress coach Dave Tippett too much as he was a healthy scratch in the last two games. Now he goes to Ottawa where he’ll have a chance to become the Senators’ No. 2 centerman and thrive with more ice time.

Ottawa giving up on young David Rundblad looks to be a gutsy move on their own as his upside is huge despite his struggles at times this season. Truth is, the evolution of Erik Karlsson‘s game made Rundblad expendable. Karlsson has developed into one of the best puck movers and offensive defenseman in the league this season and GM Bryan Murray must feel that he’s all the weapon they need on the blue line.

Rundblad has had struggles defensively this season, but at 21 years-old he’s got a lot of time to develop. It’s a good job by Coyotes GM Don Maloney to get as good a package from Ottawa as he did. If Turris doesn’t become the star that he thinks he can be, this deal could go down in history looking very bad for Ottawa.

  1. elguapo12 - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Gamble #2 for the Sens this season. Runblad has looked pretty bad at times…don’t know much about Turris, but he obviously had major upside at some point. Should be interesting.

    • camster1 - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:31 AM

      I find it funny that Joe would not know that the reason tippet healthy scratched Turris in the last two gams was to not risk injury as they were trading him. The kid is a talented player and I am sure he will shine anywhere but Phoenix. Sens got a great trade. Phoenix mangagement team is a joke and Tippet is only as good as his management. Sorry but Sens won this one!

  2. trbowman - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Terrible trade by the Sens.

  3. elguapo12 - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Way too early to call it terrible. Runblad was brutal against the pens the other night. And the sens are stacked with young D. The risk/reward is there. Turris on a top line will be able to show what he’s really got.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Giving up Rundblad wasn’t as much of a risk with both Karlsson and Cowan looking to be the future leaders of the D but to do that and a 2nd? What did Ottawa give up to get Rundblad in the first place: traded their 1st rounder to St Louis, which then turned into Vladimir Tarasenko, who is one of the better forward prospects around.

      So Ottawa turned Tarasenko into Turris minus a 2nd rounder, I’m not sure that’s so great a deal.

  4. bigbear42 - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    If this was just Turris for Rundblad it would be more even, but I think the second round pick puts it over the top for the Coyotes. Rundblad might not be a great player but Phoenix was just trying to unload this very underachieving player so getting any valuable assets back is a win.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Don’t think it’s a bad deal at all. Not sure why many people say Ottawa got ripped. Change of scenery for both guys should be good for both teams.

  6. danphipps01 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Turris’ 19-27-46 totals would be fairly mediocre for one season. Except, those aren’t last season’s numbers, they’re career. ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN GAMES. He’s a less talented, even lazier Alexander Semin and even if Rundblad is supposedly expendable, Ottawa’s defense is anything but deep – Rundblad’s future development is by no means a writeoff, whereas Kyle Turris has already declared himself in no uncertain terms to be one of the laziest and most egocentric players in the League. This was a poor move.

  7. elguapo12 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Turris was buried on the 3rd and 4th line and had crap minutes. Maybe deservedly so. Either way, the set up wasn’t right for him. Change could be just what he needs. Runblad wasn’t going to play much this year or next anyway according to Murray. And he was -11. Okay for a Leaf, but not a defenseman.

  8. tapefolie - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Turris is a bust and will be out of the league in 3 years!!! Phoenix got a steal plain and simple.

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