Coyotes Better Off Trading Turris?
League sources indicate as many as seven teams have presented offers to Coyotes GM Don Maloney in an effort to make a deal with holdout center Kyle Turris.
Many of theses offers have been termed “very strong” by those with firsthand knowledge of the Turris situation. It’s very likely some of these offers have included a least one quality roster player and a prospect.
Maloney has publicly said he’s not trading Turris, but the longer this continues we can only assume his mindset will need to change. At what point will he decide his obligation is solely on what’s in the best interest of the Phoenix Coyotes?
I can understand Maloney’s frustration, it’s obvious Turris wants out of Phoenix and he probably isn’t interested in allowing a 21 year-old player dictate how this is going to play out.
With that being said it may be time to put the emotional aspect aside and do what’s best for his hockey club. How many managers are interested in having a player on board who obviously doesn’t want to be there?
Part of the responsibility of any GM is to do whatever you can to improve your team. If you have the ability to upgrade your roster through a trade then it may be time to end the charade and move forward. Word is Maloney recently indicated to other GM’s that he would be willing to swing a deal involving Turris as long as the right deal was presented to him.
Many GM’s have brought deals to the table but once again Maloney is saying he’s not trading his former third overall pick.
Maloney has been burned before with high draft choices, most recently with Blake Wheeler who elected not to sign with Phoenix after three seasons at the University of Minnesota. Wheeler was drafted fifth overall by the Coyotes in 2004.
In the meantime Turris is apparently skating five times a week with in British Columbia.
How long this plays out remains to be seen but eventually someone will need to budge. If in fact there is a deal on the table than can help the team not only today but in the future, Maloney may need to sit back and look at the big picture. His obligation is to the Head Coach and the players inside the dressing room. Not to mention the Owners and fans although this case is unique when you consider the league operates the franchise.
For one reason or another, the focus of this story has always been made out to be about money. People close to Turris have disputed that claim from the beginning. Assuming he gets dealt, signing the player will likely be a non-issue.
Calgary is one team to have recently expressed interest in acquiring the former Wisconsin Badger.
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