Turris interests Sens
But don’t count on the Coyotes restricted free-agent centre wearing an Ottawa uniform anytime soon unless Phoenix GM Don Maloney makes a seismic shift in his stance on trading the 22-year-old Turris before the Dec. 1 deadline to sign him.
While reports Thursday confirmed Turris has indeed asked the Coyotes for a trade, it’s believed the Senators are one of six or seven teams — including Calgary and Vancouver — who have expressed an interest in Turris, but have been told he’s not going anywhere.
The Senators are trying to fill the void at centre behind No. 1 pivot Jason Spezza with Peter Regin out 6-8 weeks.
The Senators’ interest may wane, of course, if rookie Stephane Da Costa can step into the role as the second-line centre.
The indications are GM Bryan Murray has investigated the possibility of acquiring Turris because the New Westminster, B.C., native fits the mould of the Senators’ rebuilding process.
Not only is he a highly skilled young player with plenty of upside, Turris is expected to lower his demand of $4 million a season he’s made to the Coyotes if his rights are dealt, which is what this fight has been about in the first place.
So, is Turris a good fit as a second-line centre?
“Very much so,” Rogers Sportsnet analyst and former Columbus GM Doug MacLean said on Friday. “In fairness to Turris, they brought him out of college early, they put him in the minors, they brought him up and put him in the minors.