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.