Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turris Ends Holdout Signing Two-Year Deal With Phoenix, But Will He Play There?

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger Kyle Turris and the Phoenix Coyotes have finally solved their contract dispute and have agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million deal.  Turris will earn $1.2 million this season and $1.6 million under the terms of the agreement.  Those numbers are way below the reported figures that Turris was seeking earlier in negotiations.  Despite the new contract the question still remains whether Turris next game will be with Phoenix or for another franchise.  The 22-year-old forward had requested a trade out of the organization in the midst of his holdout while Coyotes GM Don Maloney is on record saying he would not trade the player this season.

Turris signing now should not be surprising as he only had until Dec. 1 to sign if he wanted to play at all this season.  Having the deadline as leverage certainly appears to have made Don Maloney the winner in the contract battle as he got Turris for the price he wanted to pay and now has all the cards in what happens next.  By adding the second year to the deal it could increase the odds of a trade happening as the acquiring team would not have to go through a negotiation with Turris this summer.  The Flames have been the most discussed trade possibility for the young forward, but they have little to offer in terms of cheap, young talent.  When Phoenix is involved you always have to consider the possibility of the New York Rangers getting involved in the discussions as Don Maloney’s familiarity and relationships in his former organization have made them common trading partners.