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Maloney continues to say he's not trading Turris

Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:23 pm
 
KT3By: Adam Gretz

Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Turris remains unsigned as a restricted free agent and still appears to be holding out for a contract that pays him somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 and $4 million per season, despite the fact he's never scored more than 11 goals or recorded more than 25 points in a single season, or established himself as any sort of player that's worth that sort of cash on the restricted free agent market. General manager Don Maloney addressed Turris' apparent demands before the season and referred to his asking price as "illogical" and insisted that he has no intention of trading him because he still believes he can be a productive player.

Maloney appeared on Fox Sports Arizona on Tuesday night and offered an update on the situation.

He still believes Turris can be a productive player and he continues to say that he has no interest in trading the 22-year-old former first-round draft pick.

Said Maloney, "It’s very simple. If he wants to play in the NHL this year, he's going to play for us. We are not going to trade him under any circumstances. I don’t care who offers us anything. We like Kyle, we think he can help us and hopefully he will come back to us. Kyle is a good player. He is going to have a great future in this game."

He also added that "we would like to get him back in the league and show us that you’re a top player and then get paid like a top player."

Just because he says he has no intention of trading him at this point doesn't mean he isn't at least considering it. What else is he supposed to say? If he comes out and publicly states that, yes, he's on the market, any leverage he has obviously goes down. And the rumors are still floating out there, anyway.

The Coyotes have shown over the past couple of months that they're willing to pay money to their young players, having locked up defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Martin Hanzal to long-term deals. They're just not willing to pay for potential when the player in question still has a lot of question marks as to how productive he's going to be in the NHL.

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Comments

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Maloney continues to say he's not trading Turris

Maloney may be a bit of a hypocrite in the fact that he says Turris overvaluing himself when possibly Maloney is overvaluing Turris in trade negotiations.
I agree with this.   I thought that after the contracts to Myers, JVR, etc. that this was primarily about money, and to an extent it still probably is, just probably not the way I assumed before.    Turris' agent has him looking at his following deal, and he know's Turris isn't going to get many offensive opportunities under Tippett compared to a number of other coaches. 

I don't mind that Maloney is sticking to his guns on this one.      Tippett's taken a team with limited skill and potential and took them to consecutive solid playoff bound seasons.   Given Turris' skill set, I don't see how that experience would cost him money long term.     Besides, he'll be first in line for a big extension among the forwards if a new owner comes in and wants to make a splash. 

I don't think this year ends well for Turris, no matter what happens.     I'm so glad the Hawks won the lottery.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Maloney continues to say he's not trading Turris

It is starting to sound like this is less about money and more about the fact that Kyle Turris wants out of the Coyotes organization.  The amount of money demanded may just have been a ploy by Turris's side to force the Yotes to trade his rights.

Maloney may be a bit of a hypocrite in the fact that he says Turris overvaluing himself when possibly Maloney is overvaluing Turris in trade negotiations.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out as the Dec. 1st deadline approaches



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:20 am
 

Maloney continues to say he's not trading Turris

The guy scored what, 11 or 12 goals last season. He wants a contract similar to JVR, but JVR scored over 20 last season and was terrific in theplayoffs. Someone needs to tell Turris that, in the NHL, you need to perform to get a contract. They don't pay for potential. THat's why Zach Bogosian is making $2.5 million this year and the guy drafted one spot higher than him, Drew Doughty, is making $7 million. Doughty has performed, Bogosian still just has potential.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Maloney continues to say he's not trading Turris

Maloney isn't really proving the point when he refers to his possible production increase as a reason not to give him the cash.  They do that in the other leagues all the time.


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