The Ottawa Senators have locked up forward Kyle Turris this afternoon, signing him to a 5-year contract extension. According to Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS), Turris will make an average of $3.5 million on his new deal, bringing the total value to $17.5 million over the 5 years.
Turris, 23, is already under contract through this season meaning his new deal will kick in come the 2013-14 season. Back on November 22nd, 2011, he signed a 2-year, $2.8 million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes after Don Maloney (Phoenix's General Manager) had refused to trade the unhappy forward who had even publicly stated that he wanted to be traded out of Phoenix.
Almost a month later on December 17th though, the Coyotes struck a deal in which they would receive defenseman David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick from the Senators in exchange for Turris.
Turris would go on to play 49 games with Ottawa and rack up 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in his first season. Playing in 7 post-season games as well, Turris added a goal and 2 assists before the Sens were eliminated in game 7 by the New York Rangers.
Drafted #3 overall in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes, the New Westminster, BC native has played in 186 career NHL games, scoring 31 goals and adding 44 assists for 75 points. He is a career -10 (despite posting a +12 rating this past season) and has received 70 penalty minutes throughout his career.
Depending on what the new CBA will bring, this could very easily turn out to be a great deal for the Senators. Signing a very young, talented player in Turris to that kind of deal brings Ottawa no worries at all. A very friendly cap hit for a player who could very possibly exceed 50-60 points in the next few years is nothing to be afraid about.
Turris is a very talented young player who when on top of his game, is very dangerous with the puck. Although his consistency level needs to improve, Turris is still a young player who has tons of potential to become a threat game after game.
He will earn $1.6 million this season under his current contract.
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