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Senators sign Kyle Turris to five-year, $17.5 million extension

Aug 29, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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Apparently getting out of Phoenix was the best thing to ever happen to Kyle Turris.

The Ottawa Senators announced they’ve signed the 23 year-old Turris to a five-year extension worth an average of $3.5 million per season, good for a $17.5 million total.

Turris was acquired by the Sens last year in a deal with the Coyotes that sent David Rundblad and a second-round pick to Phoenix. He took full advantage of being exiled by scoring 12 goals and adding 17 assists in 49 games with Ottawa, all career-high numbers.

Turris was Phoenix’s first-round pick in 2007 taken third overall but wore out his welcome there in a contract dispute with the team last season. The then restricted free agent wanted a lucrative, long-term deal despite not getting the sort of ice time he wanted. The Sens are hoping what he showed last season is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to offensive production.

  1. nygdriveforfive - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Good deal for team and him. Its great knowing Sens have there top 2 centers locked up for the future.

  2. bcsteele - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Normally I’d call this a pretty good deal for Ottawa given his points per game average compared to the yearly cap hit. My only concern if I’m Ottawa is he didn’t play the whole year there so who knows. But it still eludes me that owners continue to approve these deals and then turn around and complain about handing them out.

    Compared to what the owners are saying in their talks…his contract should be 2 to 3 years shorter and .5 to 1 million less on the cap hit.

    • danphipps01 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Yeah, but the owners aren’t telling the GMs to sign deals with the logic that they should structure them according to what they think is fair compensation, they’re telling them to go whole-hog and throw whatever money they want around – hey, no big, guys, we’re just gonna get Bettman to rewrite the rules afterward and cut all the players’ salaries to make up for it.

      And this is why a lockout is happening.

      • bcsteele - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        And I’m with you on that, but this is also why I’m on the players side this go around…It’s one thing for the owners to shoot themselves in the foot once…twice is overkill…

        I made a post a couple weeks ago about what you said and I’ll say it again. You can debate all day whether guys like Parise, Suter, Crosby, Stall, or any of these long term big money guys are worth their checks. But the fact is the ownership is offering these contracts. It’s not fair to the players to get these contracts that they’ve commited to just to have them rolled back. The market this summer and previous summers could have totally been different otherwise. Which is why I also proposed, and still think, that players in that situation should actually be able to opt out of the deals and re-negoiate negotiate.

  3. t16rich - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    It pays off to be a wiener. Ask Justin Schultz and Turris.

  4. ray2013 - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    If you look at capgeek, Ottawa has the fourth-lowest payroll in the NHL. Depending upon what they do with the current CBA, Ottawa has to spend to hit the cap floor. To lock up a 23-year old #2 center for $3.5 million a year is a fairly reasonable expense (in the world of NHL contracts).

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