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.


13 Responses to Turris interests Sens

  1. JoelLeafs says:

     Don Maloney: “The CBA gives us certain rights to Turris and we are exercising [those] rights … 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. If he wants to play in the NHL this season, he will re-sign with us. 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.”

    It seems unlikely, at this point, that anything will happen. Can we just replace Doughty with Turris on the banner already and stop talking about it for a few seasons?

  2. reinjosh says:

    Completely not an Ottawa post but I figured a trade rumor article was a good place to propose a trade.

    hockey_lover, theonlyislesfan and anyone else that wants to comment, what do you think about this trade.
    To the Isles – Despres, Tangradi, 2nd in 2011
    To the Penguins – Okposo
    Okposo is struggling right now and seems to have lost his spot with Tavares to Paranteu. A move to a new team would be beneficial for him. The Islanders get a future top 4 puck mover in Despres and a future top 9 forward in Tangradi. 
    The Penguins get a nice top 9 that would fit nicely with one of the centers. 
  3. reinjosh says:
    So two powerplay goals to destroy Pittsburgh's perfect powerplay. I like it. Suck it hockey_lover πŸ˜›
    Very nice Phaneuf hit on Malkin. Just shows his power to knock over a pretty strong guy in Malkin. Also a beauty early on by Sullivan on Bozak. 
    Gustavsson has been very good. He's starting to win my confidence back. As much as he isn't the most rounded goalie, he has some serious raw talent. 
    Kessel has a point in every game but one this season. Since Lupul came, he's only been held pointless in 8 of his 36 games with Lupul. 
    Connolly getting his first point as a Leaf and its a goal no less. Atta boy. 
  4. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Phaneuf's hit was amazing as he was going in the same direction as Malkin only…Phanuef was skating backwards….but still ploughed him….kinda defied the laws of physics. Gust-AAA-vsson, (it's gonna take time to get used to that pronunciation …reminds me of the days when it was Ka-bear-la), played strong. Connolly was a nice surprise. All in all though…for a 7 goal game it felt like a sleeper. We got the win….that's what counts!

  5. hockey_lover says:

    I am indeed sucking it today πŸ˜›  I didnt get to watch much of the game as I was getting an MRI done on my back. But, I caught the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes.

    Pens seemed to control most of the play but made too many mistakes. Like … yeah, leave the leagues leading scorer THAT wide open with 6 minutes left to play. Seriously?

    Im not really all that worried about it yet. I mean, they are STILL playing Sid as well as Kennedy, Staal, Michalek. If most teams lose their #1 center, #3 center, #3/4 winger, #3/4 dman … they are going to lose a few games. Given their cir*****stances, I think its amazing that their record is as good as it is given the continuation of the ridiculous amount of injuries they've had from last year. Ugh.

    But .. Pens lost, Leafs won. They earned it.

  6. hockey_lover says:

    Im not quite ready to throw Despres out just yet. He struggled a bit in camp but he is one of their best prospects right now.

    Ive given up on Tangradi. He has NOT played well in his time up with the big club at all.

    Like I mentioned in my other post, Im not really worried about the Pens quite yet. They the 8th highest scoring team in the league, while having played without their leading scorer for all games and 2nd leading scorer for 8 out of 12 games. Once Sid comes back and Malkin's knee stops bothering him, the office will be fine. Their PP is 8th which is a DRASTIC improvement from last year.      They are also 3rd in GAA and 1st in PK.   Again, with the injuries theyve had, its pretty incredible.

    If their luck can change and they stop losing players, I really feel they are one of the top teams in the conference. So a trade right now doesnt really fit into the cards. As long as they keep winning MOST of their games (and an 8-3 record is 'most', I'll keep the line up for now.

    But, having said all that, the trade is reasonable. I like Okposo. However, im not sure, given the past, that Shero trades with the Isles.

  7. hockey_lover says:

    The Pens have played with only one of their three centers in the lineup in seven of 13 games this season. Crosby, Malkin and Staal have dressed for the same game in just two of the Penguins' past 102 games, including the postseason. The Pens, however, have produced a 60-32-10 record during that stretch.Thats pretty amazing if you ask me. Sure, Im biased cause Im a Pens fan but seriously …. take that and place it on many teams and would the results be the same? Maybe, maybe not. But I can be happy with my teams performance, to say the least πŸ™‚ To me, during these ridiculous injury times, as long as they can continue beating up on the low and and mediocre teams, Im happy. Of course they are going to struggle with the top teams .. they are missing a lot of players. But if they can keep pace with those top teams by feeding on lesser ones, they'll be in good shape once the injuries end.
    I hope πŸ˜›

  8. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I get that. It would be a difficult trade to make for both teams simply because they are in the same division and it would hurt to have Despres or Okposo killing it.

    I just figure NYI has a depth of wingers and need dman, and the Penguins have the opposite.

    Okposo would make the core of the forwards on Pittsburgh unreal. Even as a third liner capable of 50 points, it would be killer. Him and Staal, Malkin and Neal, and Kunitz and Crosby? Three power forwards, three centers. Plug and play with ease on the other wing.

  9. hockey_lover says:

    Yeah its pretty much one of those unwritten rules .. you dont trade in your division. Sure it happens but its pretty rare. Also, you tend not to trade with a "rival."  Now, that rivalry only started heating up last year, but still. Itd be tough.

    But, I agree. The Pens have a lot of good D prospects like Despres and Morrow (who I think has passed Despres as top prospect based on his camp – which was stellar) and could use one more top-ish winger.

  10. reinjosh says:

    Personally, I think that's a moronic unwritten rule. I just can't justify missing out on players because your fearful of giving the other team a decent player. It's just…stupid. But I digress.

    And yeah that's what I figured. Morrow was just awesome, and it could make sense to move Despres for a nice winger, especially a young one signed long term. 
  11. reinjosh says:

    Way to make me feel bad now haha. 

    And yeah, that was just bad. To be fair, Kessel is just good at being where he needs to be and he seems to be left alone a lot. I have a feeling he just has a talent to go unseen. 
    100 straight games the Penguins have played without the three centers healthy. That's nuts and considering they are doing great still, it really proves Shero's building around the three centers a smart strategy. 
  12. hockey_lover says:

    Oh god no man .. lol Dont feel bad at all .. s’all good πŸ™‚

    While I do agree that Kessel is good at getting open (thats what good goal scorers do), I think it has a lot to do with how streaky he is. Until this early season, he scored goals off and on. At 35 goals, thats a goal every 2.35 games. So I would imagine that most coaches dont have a specific game plan to FOCUS on Kessel .. unlike a Crosby, Ovechkin, Datsyuk type of guy.

    NOW? It makes perfect sense to focus on the dude. He is lighting the fcuk up and deserves the “respect” to be shadowed. Up until now, meh, whatever, you could get away with leaving him a bit open. He might score, might not. Now it seems like every freaking shot goes in. Its unreal.

    I’ll man up and eat some crow. I didnt think he had it in him two seasons ago. He is REALLY impressing me lately. Altho, his face annoys me. He reminds me of Shane Corson .. Kessel always looks like he is 3 seconds away from breaking up into tears. I want to punch him haha

  13. hockey_lover says:

    I agree entirely. If it can help your team, do it. BUt, while I think its stupid, it also makes a bit of sense. It would totally suck to trade a player and have that same guy LIGHT YOU UP 6 times a year (same divisional games). If you go to the other conference, you rarely see that player.

    Like could you imagine Philly trading Richards to the Rangers and then in 6 games this season, Richards has 21 pts against Philly? Dude .. that would blowwwww.

    Morrow was absolutely ridiculous in camp. So much composure under pressure, smart plays, good decisions. Unreal. Despres struggled a bit but it wasnt THAT bad. Niskanen is playing well this year but after this year, I dont think they resign him. Then they bring up Morrow or Despres.

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