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Turris has been key addition for red-hot Sens

Jan 18, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

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It’s still early, but the Ottawa Senators are leading the Phoenix Coyotes in the race to win the Kyle Turris-for-David Rundblad trade.

The Sens are 11-2-2 since landing the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, and Turris has 11 points during that stretch.

Meanwhile, Rundblad has been assigned to the AHL and the Coyotes have dropped out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean isn’t discounting what the acquisition of Turris has meant for his club.

“He’s solidified the depth of our team,” MacLean said, as per NHL.com. “He’s given us a legitimate second-line center that can play against anybody in the league. He’s generated points in that position as well. For me, he makes us a deeper team and a harder team to defend.”

Turris has been skating alongside Daniel Alfredsson, providing the type of opportunity many believe he was never given with the Coyotes.

The Sens, by the way, are in Phoenix Tuesday.

  1. haterzgonahate - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    the kids got game. and he’s only going to get better.

  2. loinstache - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Suppose it’s good to see his previous discontent was justified.

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Wow. Touche, Kyle. You shut me right the fuck up and I’m glad to see it. Used to group your name with Filatov’s. I’m pleased to be wrong about that comparison.

  4. whatswellydoing - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Talk about selling low on a player. It’s not like the yotes had much choice though.

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