Turris' progress, Doan's future in the desert
On the eve of the NHL season, Kyle Turris remains unsigned. Still no progress, either.
“We continue to have discussions with the Coyotes and are positive that over time Kyle will be playing,” his agent, Kurt Overhardt, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Kyle is in great shape and training hard in B.C.”
What Overhardt didn’t say, but we believe is the case, is that they’d be open to a trade to end this impasse. However, we don’t think Coyotes GM Don Maloney feels compelled to do that at this point. We’ll see whether that changes.
Doan in Coyotes’ plans
Phoenix captain Shane Doan is slated for unrestricted free agency July 1, but the club is hoping to lock him up before then.
“Shane Doan will remain a Coyote for as long as he wants to remain a Coyote,” Maloney told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “He is symbolic of who we are and how we want to play, both on and off the ice. I met with Shane in the offseason, and we agreed to defer contract discussions until our ownership situation is resolved. However, I am very confident, at the appropriate time, we will negotiate a contract that keeps Shane a Coyote for the remainder of his playing career.”
If you’re Doan and his agent, J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, you definitely want to wait until the ownership situation is finally settled. You can’t take the chance of signing a contract with a team that could be on the move.