Maloney and Turris Save Face With Signing
Coyotes Agent Kurt Overhardt has taken some heat for how he’s advised client Kyle Turris but in the end he may be getting exactly what he wanted.
Per CBA rules Turris had to be signed by December first to be eligible to play NHL hockey this season.
What happens from this point moving forward is in the hands of Coyotes GM Don Maloney. It’s his decision, does he want to trade the asset to improve his club or keep a player who obviously doesn’t want to be there?
Sources tell me there’s a decent chance Turris is moved within 72 hours. Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and Florida are among the 6-7 teams that expressed interest in acquiring Turris at some point during this process. Whether or not any of these teams have backed off is unclear at the moment.
Both Maloney and Overhardt saved face with Turris signing his two-year contract totaling $2.8 Million. Neither party has looked particularly good during this ordeal, but If Turris is dealt then Overhardt and the player have accomplished what they’ve wanted all along.
Turrris has been skating everyday in British Columbia and I’m told he’s kept himself in good shape. He will obviously need some time to acclimate himself to the NHL pace but all in all I hear he won’t need much practice time before he plays.
All this talk of Turris demanding $3-4 million per year is somewhat comical. His camp tried all stops in an effort to get their client moved including throwing out a number they knew they would never see. This was purely in an effort to force a trade. They were obviously willing to do anything they could to push Maloney and the Coyotes to pull the trigger on a deal.
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