Restricted free agent Turris not without his suitors
Phoenix Coyotes boss Don Maloney doesn’t even need to dial his phone these days.
Not that he’s surprised. This, he would have seen coming.
With restricted free agent Kyle Turris holding out, Maloney must have known that it would take only a few weeks of hockey — in particular, bad hockey — for the suitors to start queuing up.
So it comes as no surprise that underwhelming presences in the National Hockey League such as the Ottawa Senators and, yes, your Calgary Flames are reportedly showing keen interest in the services of the young centreman.
While Turris undoubtedly possesses talent — enough to make him the No. 3 pick at the 2007 draft, behind Patrick Kane and James Van Riemsdyk — the question remains: exactly how much talent?
In 65 outings last winter, the lad posted 25 points. Not 55, not 45 — but 25. Meaning he is largely unproven. He is not Jonathan Toews.
But it is true that the Flames do need to get younger.
Only the Detroit Red Wings, by a grey whisker, are older than the Calgarians, who check in with an average age of 29.9. (The Wings are 30.0.)
It is also true that centre-ice blue-chippers are especially prized.
OK, at what price?
What do the Flames have to offer? Short of Mark Giordano, everyone should be in play, and the Coyotes do have acres and acres of cap space.