The Ottawa Senators have acquired forward Kyle Turris from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenceman David Rundblad and a second round draft pick.
Coyotes GM Don Maloney confirmed the deal Saturday, ending a sour relationship between the 22-year-old Turris and the Phoenix organization. Turris was involved in a contract dispute and missed games before signing a US$2.6-million, two-year deal on Nov. 22. Turris has only played in six games since signing the deal but has failed to record a single point. The B.C native was chosen 3rd overall by Phoenix in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and had a career high 11 goals and 25 points in 65 games a year ago.
Rundblad, 21, has struggled to find playing time in Ottawa but is a highly-regarded young offensive defenceman. St. Louis' first round pick in 2009, has played 24 games this season for Ottawa and has a goal and three assists while being a miserable -11. He had 50 points in 55 games with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League last year, the second-highest point total by a defenceman in SEL history. Rundblad also won a silver medal while representing Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
Kyle Turris got his wish and if the return is any indication, Don Maloney got his as well. Prior to Turris signing on Nov 22, he held out for the first 6 weeks of the season while continually requesting a trade. Maloney didnt budge, got Turris under contract and eventually managed to swing a deal that netted a solid return. The deal acts as a change of scenery for both players invloved who have struggled to find their game early in their careers and early in this 2011-12 campaign.
“We are very excited to have David join our organization,” Maloney said in a team release. “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."
In my opinion the Coyotes are the beneficiaries of this deal. They were able to trade a disgruntled player who has not lived up to original expectations for a talented young defenceman and a second round pick. Also, the Coyotes could have easily let Turris walk away in free agency even after spending such a high draft pick on him. Give Maloney credit, he never caved in to Turris' holdout threats and as a result was able to improve his team in a long-term standpoint.
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