Turris Dealt to the Senators

OK, centre Kyle Turris has his wish, dealt away from the evil hand of Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who wanted him to be able to play when he didn’t have the puck, and GM Don Maloney, who gave him exactly what he deserved ($2.8 million over two years) about three weeks ago. The jury’ is very much out on Turris, who chafed at how he was used in Phoenix after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft.

Not sure why the Ottawa Senators, who just drafted Swedish centre Mika Zibanejad No. 6 overall in June, would want Turris, too, but they pushed hard to get him. The Senators offered defenceman David Rundblad originally and sweetened the deal with a second-rounder. They have Erik Karlsson, who is better right now than Rundblad.

They’ve also got high-end farmhand defenceman Patrick Wiercioch who survived a major scare when hit by a puck in the neck a short time ago. Rundblad has a big upside as a puck mover. He had 50 points for Adam Larsson’s Skelleftea Elite League team last year. The Coyotes already have Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson for that, but with Canadian junior teamer Brandon Gormley also coming shortly, they’re loading up on young D-men. That is never a bad thing.


One Response to Turris Dealt to the Senators

  1. wayne2 says:

    Its a time will tell kind of deal.Talent wise they are both very talented at their respective positions,same age almost and both could benefit from a change,Runblad because he will have a better chance at icetime with Phoenix and Turris because his heart wasnt in Phoenix so he may play with heart for Ottawa and if he does he will be good.I have a gut feeling Turris will be good in Ottawa and devellop well.Remember a young Daniel Brière who's carreer got going after leaving Phoenix for Buffalo.As for Zibanejad we'll see next year but there is a possibility that Alfredson retires and who knows maybe he could wing it with Foligno and Turris.

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