Coyotes Turris asks for a trade

“This has never been about money, we’ve been upfront with the club from Day 1,” Turris’s agent Kurt Overhardt told “We’ve respectfully requested that the player had the opportunity to move forward in his career by having a fresh start.”

Taken third overall at the 2007 NHL draft, Turris and the Coyotes made no progress this off-season in negotiating a new contract for the restricted free agent.

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has remained adamant all along that trading the young centre has never been an option.

“The CBA gives us certain rights to Turris and we are exercising our rights,” Maloney told in an email Thursday. “There will be a point in the future Turris will have the right to decide who he wants to play for and how much he will accept.”

Maloney also made it clear that Turris’s only option was to stay in the desert.

“If he wants to play in the NHL this season, he will re-sign with us,” he explained. “We will not trade his rights under any cir*****stances and are prepared to live with the consequences if he decides to sit out this, and future, seasons.”