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Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 4:32 pm
By: Adam Gretz

It appears that the Kyle Turris saga in Phoenix has finally reached its conclusion. Turris missed the first part of the season as he remained unsigned as a restricted agent, and even asked for a trade, while he and the team were unable to come to terms on a contract. Through it all, general manager Don Maloney insisted that he would not trade his young forward, and eventually the two sides agreed to a two-year pact worth $1.4 million per season.

After appearing in six games this season without recording a point for the Coyotes, the 22-year-old Turris has been traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman David Rundblad and a second-round draft pick, according to multiple reports, including TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Trade rumors had been swirling around the former first-round pick all year, and the chatter started to pick up on Friday.

Turris is definitely a talented player that still has plenty of upside, and perhaps a fresh start on a new team is what he needs. But it appears Ottawa paid a pretty steep price to take that chance. After being selected third overall during the 2007 draft he's recorded just 46 points (19 goals, 27 assists) in 137 games.

In return, the Coyotes get the 21-year-old Rundblad who had been a regular in the Ottawa lineup this season, averaging over 15 minutes of ice-time per game and adding a goal to go with three assists.

“We are very excited to have David join our organization,” said Maloney in a team statement. “He is a young, highly skilled defenseman with superior offensive sense. We look forward to David joining us in the desert and becoming an important player for us in the future..”

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:32 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Rundblad was a #16 pick in his draft year, Turris a #3.  On draft day will a #16 and a #46 buy you a #3?  Never.  Turris was drafted by a weak team that "promoted" him to the big club too soon.  Throw in the big personality clash, unfulfilled expectations in an organization that should really playing in Winnipeg because nobody cares about hockey in the desert, only who foots the bills.  Turris has skills that need some development and what better situation than Ottawa for modest expectations this season?  Ottawa is a young energetic team with some veterans and with a gaping hole down the middle.  

The biggest thing that disturbs me is that the GM, Murray, is trying to hit home runs with cast offs.  The young russian Filatov has gone home, not having been able to elevate his game to earn enough minutes.  Now add Turris.  It's a symptom of someone who is taking short cuts.  I respect the guy, but he's pulled his goalie in the last minute of the game.  If Turris proves to be worth the risk, he'll get to the draft table again next year, but otherwise he's likely off to the pasture.

A final word:  It's easy to admit that the Filatov move isn't a total disaster, what young person wouldn't choose a 940k increase in salary for going to Russia?  Especially if his parents aren't well off, but he needs to learn the small ice game (AHL).  It's also easy to admit that Turris could become the anchor that sinks the Sens (and it's GM).  But with all that said, the Coyotes and the Sens are both teams that need some good news and some stability; let this be the start.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:51 am

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

For a player who has basically done squat in the NHL to be sitting out  and demanding a trade based on his own warped view of himself is senseless, especially at his age. Dont need a guy like that on your team, regardless of his potential.

Good deal for the Coyotes, getting good value for someone who didnt want to be on the team. Hopefully for Turris, the change of scenery does him well.

No way to know who got the better of this deal for a few yrs.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:32 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

You have no idea what your talking about.  

A guy like Turris needs to be playing more then 11 minutes a game. 

IF he plays more then 18 minutes a game I guarentee you he hits 70 to 85 pts in an NHL season. 
He will do that in Ottawa cause he won't be riding the pine.

As for this stupid ignorant statement by you Who cares what he did in the minors?
It does matter what he does in the Minors. I guess 69 pts in 76 games is no good for you. 

Maloney and Tippett doesn't like him so who cares. They are both morons. WTF have they won, shit. This Coyotes team is not good like I said earlier post.

Tippett made the Playoffs as a Head Coach 8 times. 6 1st round exits. That's is a great record. LMAO.......These guys are making these decisions.

The Red Wings will knock them out 1st round again. How you like them appples.   Cool 

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:06 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Point-per-game guy everywhere but with Tip? Huh? He's never played anywhere but Phoenix and he played for Gretzky originally. Never been a point-per-game guy in the NHL. Never even close. Such an ignorant statement. Who cares what he did in the minors?

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:03 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Turris is not big. His lack of size and strength were big reasons he didn't succeed. As captain Shane Doan said last year: "If you're going to be that small, you have to be one of the fastest guys on the ice" and he is not.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:59 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

i think rundblad has great potential, but his defensive game was pretty weak, and he was never gonna be a top pair guy in ottawa with cowen and karlsson eating up HUGE minutes.

this trade is potential for potential.  both guys are about the same age, both guys have great potential, and both guys fill a need on the other team. 

i think the difference is that turris is nhl ready right now, probably just needed a change of scenery.  rundblad still has a lot of work to do on his game, and is probably at least a couple years away from being a real solid d-man.

Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:38 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Quite possibly this will be a good trade for both teams. Turris was never going to succeed in Phoenix so this has to be a good opportunity for him.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:08 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Sens stole Turris.

He has been a pt per game player every where except playing for TIPS***. What does that tell you. 

As far as RUNBLAD -11 the Coyotes can have him.

As always this Coyotes team will not make it past the 1st round or ever win a Cup with that Coach or GM.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:50 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

I don't what to make of this trade.     My first reaction is to think PHX got the better end of the deal.     Turris wasn't going to get ice time with Tippet and wasn't going to get any help on his line on most of his shifts.   Definately a good move for PHX, but I'm still trying to figure out how this makes Ottawa more likely to win this year and next.     Why sign the Gonchar contract if you're going to move Rundblad?   I think Turris will offer good return, but I think this makes the Gonchar signing look that much worse.    Maybe we'll find out in the next few weeks.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:20 pm

Kyle Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad, pick

Gotta say thats a good deal for Phoenix for sure.

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