By: Adam Gretz
Coyotes general manager Don Maloney offered an update on the Kyle Turris situation earlier this week, and it was basically more of what we already know and what he's already said on the matter -- if Turris wants to play this season he's going to have to play in Phoenix, and the team isn't looking to trade him.
The reported contract requests from the Turris camp have raised some eyebrows considering what he's accomplished at the NHL level, and seem to be coming from a player that would rather be wearing another uniform. Basically his way of asking for a trade. And that appears to be what's going on.
Turris' agent, Kurt Overhardt, confirmed to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that the 22-year-old forward has indeed asked the Coyotes for a trade, while the front office remains consistent with its stance that no trade will be taking place. As Overhardt told LeBrun, "This has never been about money, we've been upfront with the club from Day 1. We've respectfully requested that the player had the opportunity to move forward in his career by having a fresh start."
Overhardt also said that he knows of several teams -- that he won't name, obviously -- that have made "significant" offers to Phoenix for Turris' services and doesn't understand why the team is taking such a hardline stance given that teams have offered "valuable assets that would benefit Phoenix."
The answer, of course, is because the team still controls him as a restricted free agent. Basically, we have two trains moving in completely different directions, and their public comments help illustrate that. Maloney is going to continue to say he's not trading him because an admission of him being on the market hurts his position if he does, in fact, want to trade him. The agent will float several offers from unnamed teams into the discussion to help generate interest in his client in the hopes that somebody comes knocking at the Coyotes' door with an offer Maloney can't refuse in an effort to get Turris the fresh start he's looking for.
Either way, time is running out for this season as Turris won't be eligible to play in the NHL during the 2011-12 campaign if he isn't signed before December 1, according to the current CBA.