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by Paul on 09/21/11 at 01:30 PM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
There have been some preliminary discussions on the possibility of a deal between the Leafs and Coyotes although Kurt Overhart, Turris’ agent, may be the driving force in any chats that have taken place.
The cost? Probably Bozak who had more points (32) than Turris last year (25) but in more games and with a minus-29 to boot. Both are right-handed shooting centres and Bozak’s price tag — $1.5 millon for this season and next — would fit the Phoenix payroll more comfortably than the $3-4 million that rumours suggest Turris is seeking.
“(His) position is just so illogical from our standpoint,” said a frustrated Don Maloney, GM of the Coyotes, who also lost pivot Eric Belanger to free agency over the summer.
Turris was the third pick of the ’07 draft behind Patrick Kane and James Van Riemsdyk. Kane has four years left on a deal that pays him $6.3 million per season while Van Riemsdyk recently signed a new extension with a cap hit of $4.25 million for the next six seasons after somewhat of a breakthrough season last year.
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