Kyle Turris is finally on the move. The Phoenix Coyotes traded the former third overall pick to the Ottawa Senators, according to the Ottawa Sun, for defenseman David Rundblad and a second round draft pick.
Turris has played just two full seasons in the NHL to date, and both have been rather underwhelming compared to his potential as one of the top draft picks of the 2007 draft. A contract dispute this past summer, when Turris was a restricted free agent, spilled over into the regular season before the parties came to an agreement on November 22.
But by that point, the damage in the relationship between the Coyotes and Turris had already been done. He had reportedly requested a trade and publicly, general manager Don Maloney called contract demands from Turris "illogical." Coyotes blog Five For Howling agreed.
4 million a year for .25 points per game? Prove that the potential is more than just hype first and your client will get paid and paid well. The Coyotes have no center depth. They want him to do well. They want Kyle to earn a big pay day. EARN a big payday. If you think Don Maloney is just handing out extensions like candy for whatever asking price you have seriously misjudged your man.
The writing has been on the wall for this trade for quite some time, and now Turris will try to earn a spot with the Senators. Ottawa gives up a promising young defenseman in Rundblad, who proved he can play in the tough, professional Swedish Elite League at a young age. He's in his first season in the NHL, but he'd been scratched a few games. It seems as though they may be giving up on him a bit too soon.
The Senators clearly believe that giving up Rundblad's potential is a risk worth taking, given what Turris could potentially bring to the table. That's a question that will be answered in time.