Senators acquire F Turris from Phoenix
The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Kyle Turris from the
Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday for defenseman David Rundblad and a
second-round draft pick.
Phoenix general manager Don Maloney confirmed the deal, ending a
rocky relationship between the 22-year-old Turris and the
organization. Turris was involved in a contract dispute and missed
games before signing a $2.6-million, two-year deal on Nov. 22.
”It’s hard to parachute into the NHL season without a
competitive training camp,” Maloney said. ”We had 10 teams with
more than token offers for Turris, and three solid ones. We choose
the deal with Ottawa as the best one for us now and in the
“It just was not right for us, and I didn’t believe (Turris)
beliefs about his status here was that deep. We had a timeframe,
and Kyle had a time and this did not add up.”
Turris has no points in six games since signing his new
contract. The decision to make a trade was made on Monday after
Maloney had a discussion about Turris with coach Dave Tippett.
”He told me this is not going to work out and I began looking
for the best deal and move ahead,” Maloney said. ”We clearly
differed on his game. We thought he would be better suited lower
down in the lineup, and he didn’t think so.”
Turris was selected third overall in the 2007 draft and had a
career-high 25 points in 65 games last season.
Rundblad, a first-round pick by St. Louis in 2009, has a goal
and three assists in 24 games for Ottawa this season. He had 50
points in 55 games with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League
last year – the second-highest point total by a defenseman in SEL
”David is a work in progress and we think he will be an
exceptional talent,” Maloney said. ”I believe you can never have
enough defenseman, and he gives us a strong, right-handed shot on
the blue line.
”He’s like a quarterback on the power play, and he’s a
talented, offensive-minded defenseman. He has all the tools to
succeed as an elite player in this league.”